The PhD program in history at the University of Missouri–Columbia is governed by a number of rules, regulations, and expectations. What follows is an explanation of these elements of the program.


To be admitted to candidacy for a PhD in history, a student must have earned an MA in history or a related discipline and have passed a qualifying examination. Students earning their MA in history at this university may, with the approval of their advisory committee, combine their qualifying examination with their MA thesis defense. Other students must take their qualifying examination no later than the beginning of their third semester in the graduate program at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

The basis for the examination will be a substantial research-based seminar paper written here. The exam will be oral, approximately one hour in length; the examiners will include the student’s adviser and at least two other members of the department. It is designed to ascertain the candidate’s intellectual capacity, aptitude, and preparation for PhD level work in history.