Baylor University
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Kimberly R. Kellison, Chair Tidwell Bible Building, 2nd Floor, Waco, TX 76798 | 254-710-2667

Welcome to the Graduate Program

Graduate study in the Department of History prepares students for careers in teaching and scholarship. We expect our Ph.D. graduates to assume academic positions at accredited colleges and universities where they will be excellent classroom teachers and productive research scholars. In addition to the Ph.D., the department has long offered the M.A. degree. M.A. graduates typically pursue admission to a Ph.D. program. Some M.A. graduates go on to careers in secondary education, public history, museum work, law, journalism, or government service.

The Department of History is committed to engaging students in the process of active, collaborative learning and to develop among them information gathering, writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills that will serve them in a wide variety of later purposes and professions. The department recognizes the need to develop a global perspective among our students so that they may participate in an international conversation that will prepare them to live their lives in the twenty-first century.

  • Admissions
    Admission to the program is administered through the graduate school. For admission to the graduate program, the department requires (1) a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution; (2) score on the Graduate Record Examination predictive of success in the program; (3) three letters of recommendation; (4) personal statement; (5)vita (resume); (6) writing sample; and (7) transcripts from all institutions of higher learning the applicant has attended.
  • Financial Support and Housing
    The graduate program offers significant financial assistance to qualified applicants.
  • Research
    Baylor offers a variety of facilities for academic research. You can also take a look at the areas of research and expertise of the faculty.
  • Resources and Forms
    This site has everything you need to know about electronic dissertation and thesis guidelines.