Ph.D. in History

The doctoral history program seeks, through a structured program of seminars, individual tutelage, examinations, research, and writing, to assist qualified students toward the goal of becoming mature, independent historians in the fields of history where the faculty has the expertise to guide them. The special strength of the graduate training in the Akron-Kent consortium is the close interaction between faculty members and graduate students. Full-time students may apply to become TAs, where they will be guided and mentored in the fine art of teaching college-level courses, a vital preparation for those intending to pursue careers in higher education.

Admission Requirements

  • Hold a master's degree with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5
  • GRE (General Aptitude Test)
  • Three letters of recommendation from former professors
  • Personal statement of reasons for wanting to undertake doctoral study and the fields of history applicant intends to pursue
  • Writing sample (preferably a seminar paper or other comparable scholarly work)
  • Evidence of a reading knowledge of one foreign language or knowledge of an acceptable cognate field. Those whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English.

Application Deadline

  • February 1 for Fall enrollment if applicant wishes to be considered for a graduate assistantship
  • June 1 for Fall enrollment if applicant is not seeking a graduate assistantship

Additional Information

The University of Akron and Kent State University have formed a consortium to promote doctoral study of history in northeast Ohio. The two universities, located less than 15 miles apart, boast between them an excellent faculty with the expertise to supervise doctoral training in most aspects of history. Students apply to and enroll in one or the other university, but are encouraged to take seminars on both campuses and to have faculty members from both departments serve on their dissertation committees.

Assistantship/Scholarship Information

All assistantships (and any fellowships) are awarded through the academic department. Students interested in obtaining an assistantship must apply. New students may indicate on their online application for admission that they would like to be considered for an assistantship. Current students must contact the academic department for application information. Each department may have different requirements for assistantship applicants, so all students should contact the academic department to determine these particular requirements. Only those students fully admitted to a master’s or doctoral degree-seeking program are eligible for a graduate assistantship. Students admitted as non-degree seeking or to a certificate program may not hold an assistantship.

Financial Aid Information

Paying for college is a vital part of the education process! it is important to be informed of the many sources of aid available. Student loans are available to degree-seeking graduate students. Information on student loans can be found through the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Office of Student Financial Aid is located in Simmons Hall.

Tuition and Fees

Current tuition and fees schedules can be found through the Office of Student Accounts.