Graduate Program

The Lehigh History graduate program offers training in preparation for a career in research and teaching as well as non-academic pursuits. Prospective M.A. and PhD. students are encouraged to identify specific fields of interest and faculty members with whom they would like to work, but course offerings range across the fields of expertise of all department faculty. Students may consider department strengths in the following areas:                      

  • 19th and 20th century US History                     
  • Latin American, Caribbean, West African, and Atlantic African-Diaspora history
  • British, French and Spanish Atlantic World Empires
  • African-American history 

The Department will also consider applicants with an interest in pursuing thematic approaches that span various geographical fields, including:

  • Digital Humanities
  • Public History
  • Cultural History of Warfare
  • History of Technology
  • American and European Intellectual History
  • Gender History

**Please note that due to a strong current cohort of PhD candidates, research opportunities in the areas of British Colonial North America and early American Republic are not available for the 2016-2017 year.

Information for Applying to the History Department Graduate Program
Students should apply on-line. Applicants should contact faculty members directly if they have questions about the possibility of working on a related research field.  All those applying for the MA and PhD program must take the Graduate Record Examination. In addition, applicants should submit two or three academic references. All applicants are encouraged to submit a writing sample; it is required for applicants seeking financial awards. The writing sample may be a seminar or research paper completed for a recent course, or it may be chapter or section of a thesis. Please limit submissions to about twenty pages maximum (excluding notes and bibliography). Writing samples can be uploaded with the on-line application. If this is not feasible, however, it may be submitted directly to the department at

Financial Awards and Deadlines
A very small number of Fellowships which provide a stipend and cover tuition costs, funded by the College of Arts and Sciences and the President’s Office, are available to highly qualified incoming students. In addition, the department has a limited number of full and half-year teaching assistantships, which provide a stipend in exchange for limited teaching responsibilities and cover tuition. We are also able to offer a limited number of partial tuition scholarships. All awards are based on merit and are highly competitive. More advanced doctoral candidates may be eligible for dissertation support from:

  • Department Dissertation Fellowship
  • Hoben Teaching Fellowship
  • Lehigh University Humanities Center
  • Lehigh Office of International Affairs
  • Lawrence Henry Gipson Center for 18th Century Studies

To be considered for financial support as an incoming student, all materials must be submitted by January 15. If you are not seeking financial aid, the deadline for applications for the summer or fall semester is April 15; the deadline for the spring term is November 1

For additional information on the graduate program or to schedule a campus visit, please contact the graduate program director, Professor John Savage, at