Graduate Program

About Us

The University of Maine History Department offers MA and PhD programs of study in a wide range of fields. MA areas of concentration include U.S., Canadian, European, and Asian history; environmental history; the history of labor and immigration; women’s history; international and military history; the history of cartography; and spatial and digital history. The PhD program specializes in U.S. history, Canadian-American history (including borderland studies), and international history. Graduate students also organize conferences and other events through the HGSA.

To Apply to the University of Maine Graduate School, Click HERE.

Application Deadlines

Applications for admission are reviewed throughout the academic year, on a rolling basis, but applicants who request financial support should apply before the following deadlines:

October 15 – for spring semester admissions

January 15 – for fall semester admissions

The History Department’s Graduate Program is part of the University of Maine’s Graduate School. Find out more about the Graduate School HERE.


Course requirements 

MA, thesis option: 30 credit hours of course work in History, including HTY 647, a 600-level research seminar, a 500 and/or 600-level course outside of the student’s research area, Responsible Conduct Research, 5 thesis credits from HTY 699, and at least 15 credits (normally 5 courses) drawn from graduate and advanced undergraduate courses.

MA, non-thesis option: 30 credit hours of course work in History, with at least 24 credits (normally 8 courses) at the graduate level. In lieu of the thesis, students in this program take two additional 600-level seminars and must pass a comprehensive oral examination covering their course work.

PhD: PhD candidates will normally enter the program having completed an MA in History or a related discipline, though other advanced degrees will be considered.

Full Details


To see the UMaine History Graduate Program Learning Outcomes, click below.



Financial Information

There are many scholarships and awards to support students at the graduate level.

To view more information about Graduate tuition, consult the Bursar’s Office.

More Information

Learning Outcomes, MA and PhD

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History 4  + 1 Application


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