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Graduate Program

Modified Admissions Criteria for Fall 2021

The pandemic has required all graduate programs in the U.S. to make changes that have included suspending admissions for the 2021 application cycle.  The MU History Department has NOT suspended applications for new graduate students.

However, we will limit new admissions in order to maintain support for graduate students already here.  Prospective students are welcome to apply, but in order to do so, we require that you:

  1. Apply only after establishing contact with a potential faculty advisor who is willing and enthusiastic to supervise your graduate studies; 
  2. Realize that, despite your qualifications, budget concerns may limit our ability to admit new students even if they have established relationships with supportive faculty advisors.

The History Department always considers exceptions (such as students who wish to enroll part-time, or don’t require funding), but in most cases we admit only graduate students whom we can fund fully with tuition waivers and stipends for the duration of their studies.  Our commitment to fund our graduate students is a top priority, which explains our decision to limit applications at this time.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Prof. John Frymire (

The department's graduate programs are founded on a faculty who are committed to excellence in graduate education. Lecture courses, seminars and directed research projects are available on the histories of Western Europe, Russia, Great Britain, Africa, East Asia, Latin America and the United States. While students are expected to get specialized training in the fields of their choice, they are also urged to develop a broad historical background.  In the fields of political history, early American history, and American intellectual history, the department also offers studentships, dissertation fellowships, postdoctoral fellowships, seminars, and other scholarly opportunities through the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy. Specific information on the Kinder graduate programs can be found at

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