Graduate Division

History Ph.D.

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  • All Ph.D. students are admitted with five years of funding.
  • The department offers training in:
    • transnational, colonial and imperial histories
    • world history
    • history of science, technology, medicine, and the environment
    • history of gender and sexuality
    • migration, slavery, and diaspora
    • history of religion.
  • Geographic and thematic areas include:
    • US
    • Latin America
    • Asia
    • Europe
    • Middle East
    • Armenian and Jewish Diaspora

What Sets Us Apart?

The graduate program in History at UCI offers students an exciting intellectual community most clearly defined by its commitment to dialogue and collaboration between faculty and graduate students across geographic areas and thematic fields.

  • Focus on interdisciplinary and transnational approaches to historical scholarship
  • Strength in World history
  • Foundational training in critical theory
  • The program is small enough to offer close attention to individual students’ particular needs, but large enough to function as an active research community.
  • Active emphasis on writing for multiple publics
  • Programs in History pedagogy and K-12 outreach program
  • Participant in American Historical Association program on career diversity
  • Students benefit from resources available in other departments, programs and centers across campus, including Critical Theory, Asian Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, European Studies, African American Studies, Armenian Studies, Persian Studies, Jewish Studies, Visual Studies, etc.
  • Proximity to major research collections in Southern California, including The Huntington Library; the Getty Museum and Research Institute; the Clark Library; the National Archives and Records depository in Laguna Beach; the Nixon Presidential Library; and significant holdings in Southeast Asia, critical theory, and California history at UCI Special Collections.

Quick Facts

Program Type

Doctoral Program

Normative Time to Degree

7 years

Capstone Type


Accordion Section

Admissions Requirements

The Department of History requires the submission of the following materials in order to complete your application to the PhD program. All materials must be received by the application deadline, including letters of recommendation.

1. GRE scores (Electronic Submission)​

There is no minimum required GRE score. The results of this test represent only one of many factors reviewed in the admission decision. To send an official GRE test score to UCI, please select institution code 4859.

2. Official Transcripts of All College Level Work (Electronic Submission)

For application review purposes only, scan and upload copies of transcripts for all institutions attended since high school. In the online application, you will be prompted to upload your scanned documents. Please upload both the front and back sides of the transcript. Uploaded transcripts should be recent and include the following: your name, dates of attendance, grades/marks received, credits and grading legend. UCI reserves the right to require official transcripts at any time during the admission process, and rescind any offer of admission made if discrepancies between uploaded and official transcript(s) are found. Official transcripts will be requested if and when you are admitted and decide to attend UCI. Do not send official transcripts until this time, unless you are requested to do so.

3. One copy of TOEFL scores (Electronic Submission)

This applies only to International applicants from countries where English is not the primary language. Please check for more details.

4. Three Letters of Recommendation (Electronic submission)

5. One Writing Sample (Electronic submission)

  • Please upload your writing sample to your online application.
  • Length: A minimum of ten pages to a maximum of thirty pages. Any submission longer than the maximum will not be reviewed past the maximum page limit.
  • You may submit two pieces of work as long as it does not exceed the page limit.
  • In the event you have a longer piece of work to submit, such as a Master's thesis or Undergraduate research paper, please submit a chapter or section of the work within the page restriction.
  • Demonstration of work: In addition to demonstrating your writing ability, the selection should show your ability to work with primary source materials, and/or deal with historiographical debates.

Language Requirement

Students in the M.A. program whose major field requires use of foreign language sources must demonstrate competence in a foreign language in the process of writing the first-year research paper and thesis. Other M.A. students do not have to meet a foreign language or alternative skills requirement.

Requirements for Admission to the M.A. Program: It is desirable that an applicant have the equivalent of an undergraduate major in History; however, the Department also considers students who have previously specialized in other subject areas and who have strong analytical and writing skills. The Department's required grade-point minimums and requested exams (GRE/TOEFL) are consistent with university policy. Students are accepted for fall admission only.

Financial Support

Department of History Opportunities

1) Bea Baker Award

  • This award is designated to a deserving graduate student who is excelling in their area of study and on time to degree. Award is based upon faculty advisor nominations only.
  • Call for Applications: Spring Quarter
  • Award Amount: $600

2) Dickson D. Bruce Graduate Research Award

  • This award honors the memory of Dickson Davies (Dave) Bruce, Jr., who taught in the Department for thirty-seven years and recently passed in 2014.  Although the award will be offered first to fund the research of those studying United States history, it is also available to students of other research areas. The donors require that the recipients acknowledge the award in the introduction of their dissertations and that the family receive an electronic copy of each competed dissertation that was assisted by the award.
  • Call for Applications: Spring Quarter
  • Award Amount: $2000

3) History Graduate Student Research and Travel Grants

  • These grants, funded by the Department, are available to support pre-dissertation research, dissertation research, and travel to major conferences.
  • Call for Applications: Spring Quarter
  • Award Amount: $1000

Travel Opportunities

1) Associated Graduate Students (AGS)

UC Opportunities


UCI Opportunities

1) Graduate Division

2) Humanities Commons

  • As part of its mission to promote the development and  dissemination of scholarship, the Humanities Commons awards grants to School of  Humanities faculty and graduate students to support research, conference  travel, publication subvention and conference planning.  Grants are  awarded twice a year in fall and spring quarters.  The Humanities Commons'  internal grant streams are funded through the Academic Senate (CORCL), the UCI  Office of Research, and the UC Humanities Network.

3) Office of Graduate Study

Tuition & Fees

Graduate/Credential Student Fees 2019-20

  Fall 2019 Winter 2020 Spring 2020 Annual
Student Services Fee 376.00 376.00 376.00 1,128.00
Tuition 3,814.00 3,814.00 3,814.00 11,442.00
Assoc. Grad Students Fee 9.00 9.00 9.00 27.00
Student Center Fee 139.69 139.69 139.68 419.06
Bren Events Center Fee 23.00 23.00 23.00 69.00
Recreation Center Fee 88.00 88.00 88.00 264.00
Document Fee * 80.00 0.00 0.00 80.00
Student Health Insurance 1,459.18 1,459.18 1,459.18 4,377.54
Total California Resident $ 5,908.87 $ 5,908.87 $ 5,908.86 $ 17,726.60
Nonresident Supplemental Tuition 5,034.00 5,034.00 5,034.00 15,102.00
Total Nonresident $ 10,942.87 $ 10,942.87 $ 10,942.86 $ 32,828.60


Posted 12 July 2019 at

The tuition, fees, and charges posted to your billing statement or account are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding, or other developments. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus your final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.

* The Document Fee provides lifetime access to official transcripts and academic verifications without a fee for in-person pickup or delivery by USPS. In addition, there is no fee for mailing the initial diploma. Effective Fall 2018, new undergraduate, professional, and graduate students are assessed the one-time document fee. Eligible students are able to use financial aid to cover the Document Fee.

Core Faculty

Emily L. Baum, Ph.D. University of California, San Diego, Associate Professor of History; Religious Studies (modern Chinese history, history of medicine)

Houri Berberian, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Director of the Armenian Studies Program and Meghrouni Family Chair in Armenian Studies and Professor of History (modern Armenian history, Middle East history)

Sharon B. Block, Ph.D. Princeton University, Professor of History (digital humanities, early American, race and sexuality)

Alex Borucki, Ph.D. Emory University, Associate Professor of History; African American Studies (African diaspora, early modern Atlantic world, slave trade, colonial Latin America)

Vinayak Chaturvedi, Ph.D. University of Cambridge, Associate Professor of History; Culture and Theory; Religious Studies (modern South Asia, social and intellectual history)

Yong Chen, Ph.D. Cornell University, Associate Dean of Curriculum and Student Services and Professor of History; Asian American Studies; Religious Studies (Asian American history and immigration, food and culture, U.S./China economic and cultural interactions)

Ian Coller, Ph.D. University of Melbourne, Associate Professor of History (Europe and the Muslim world, the French Revolution and the global history of the Revolutionary age)

Touraj Daryaee, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, UCI Endowed Chair in Persian Studies and Culture and Professor of History; Religious Studies (Iran, Zoroastrianism, Ancient Medieval World)

Sarah Bennett Farmer, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Associate Professor of History; European Languages and Studies (modern French history, twentieth-century Europe, social and cultural history)

David Fedman, Ph.D. Stanford University, Assistant Professor of History (Japan and Korea, environmental history, historical geography, global history, modern war)

Simcha Gross, Ph.D. Yale University, Assistant Professor of History (Judaism, Christianity, Jews, Christians, Sasanian Empire, Persian, Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac, Arabic, historiography)

Qitao Guo, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Associate Professor of History; Religious Studies (social, cultural, and religious history of pre-modern China (the Ming and Qing dynasties))

Douglas M. Haynes, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity and Professor of History; African American Studies; European Languages and Studies (social and cultural history of modern Britain, social history of modern medicine)

Andrew Highsmith, Ph.D. University of Michigan, Associate Professor of History (United States history since 1865; cities and suburbs in American life; public policy history; political history; social inequality; land-use policy)

David B. Igler, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Professor of History (U.S., American West, environmental, and Pacific history)

Adria Imada, Ph.D. New York University, Associate Professor of History (indigenous and Pacific Islands studies, race, gender and medicine, visual studies)

Winston A. James, Ph.D. University of London, Professor of History (Caribbean, African American, African diaspora)

Matthias Lehmann, Ph.D. Freie Universtät Berlin, Director of the Interdisciplinary Minor in Jewish Studies and Teller Family Chair in Jewish History and Professor of History; European Languages and Studies; Religious Studies (early modern and modern Jewish history, Sephardic studies)

Mark A. LeVine, Ph.D. New York University, Professor of History; Culture and Theory; Religious Studies (modern Middle Eastern history, Islamic studies, histories of empire and globalization)

Joan Malczewski, Ph.D. Columbia University, Associate Professor of History (American political development, education, progressivism, philanthropy, and American south)

Nancy Ann McLoughlin, Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara, Associate Professor of History; European Languages and Studies; Religious Studies (late Medieval Europe, intellectual history, gender)

Jessica Millward, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Associate Professor of History; African American Studies; Culture and Theory (U.S., slavery, African diaspora, African American gender and women)

Laura J. Mitchell, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Associate Professor of History (social and cultural history of South Africa, Africa, and the world)

Susan Katharine Morrissey, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Professor of History (Russia, terrorism and political violence, suicide)

Rachel S. O'Toole, Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Associate Professor of History (Colonial Latin America, African Diaspora, colonialisms, race, racism, indigenous histories, gender, Atlantic worlds)

Allison J. Perlman, Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, Associate Professor of History; Film and Media Studies; Visual Studies (history of broadcasting, American social movements, media law and policy, media activism, popular memory)

Kavita S. Philip, Ph.D. Cornell University, Associate Professor of History; Informatics (history of modern South Asia, science and technology, political ecology, critical theoretical studies of race, gender, colonialism, new media, and globalization)

Renee J. Raphael, Ph.D. Princeton University, Assistant Professor of History (early modern Europe, history of science, intellectual history)

James Robertson, Ph.D. New York University, Assistant Professor of History (Eastern Europe & The Balkans, Histories of Modernism, Socialism, & Urbanism)

Ana Rosas, Ph.D. University of Southern California, Associate Professor of Chicano/Latino Studies; History (Chicana/o comparative history, immigration, ethnicity)

Chelsea Schields, Ph.D. City University of New York, Assistant Professor of History (history of modern Europe, colonialism, decolonization, gender and sexuality)

Patricia Seed, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Professor of History; Informatics (mapping: history and design, game design, navigation)

Heidi E. Tinsman, Ph.D. Yale University, Professor of History; Gender and Sexuality Studies (Latin America, gender and sexuality, world history)

Steven Topik, Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, Professor of History (Brazil, Latin America, world history, commodities especially coffee, the state in the economy)

Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Department Chair and UCI Chancellor's Professor of History; School of Law (modern China, protest, world history)

Affiliated Faculty:

David Brodbeck, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, Professor of Music (Central European music of the Long Nineteenth Century, Rock Music)

Anita Casavantes Bradford, Ph.D. University of California, San Diego, Associate Professor of Chicano/Latino Studies; Affiliated Faculty, Department of History (20th century U.S., U.S. in the world, Cuba and the Caribbean; history of childhood; history of immigration, race and ethnicity; transnational and comparative Latina/o history; religion, politics and social movements)

Simon A. Cole, Ph.D. Cornell University, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society; History; School of Law (science, technology, law, criminal justice)

Dorothy B. Fujita-Rony, Ph.D. Yale University, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies; History (U.S. history, Asian American studies)

Howard A. Gillman, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Chancellor and Professor of Political Science; Criminology, Law and Society; History; School of Law

Joseph H. McKenna, Ph.D. Fordham University, Lecturer of History; Religious Studies (history of religious ideas)

Alka Patel, Ph.D. Harvard University, Associate Professor of Art History; History; Religious Studies; Visual Studies (South Asian and Islamic art and architecture, historiographies, Islamic diasporas in Cuba)

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