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History of Science, Medicine and Technology

24 months
25548 USD/year
25548 USD/year
12220 USD/year
Tuition fee
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One of the oldest, most prestigious academic programs of its kind in the United States, the History of Science, Medicine and Technology (HSMT) program at the University of Wisconsin Madison draws together faculty members in History and in Medical History and Bioethics. 


Collectively, we offer broad coverage of the field, with expertise that spans Europe, the United States, Africa, and the Caribbean, stretches from the Middle Ages to the recent past, and ranges across the physical, biological, and social sciences to medicine and technology. 

History of Science, Medicine and Technology at the University of Wisconsin Madison is known for the strength and diversity of its areas of study and its warm, collegial environment. All historical aspects of science, medicine, and technology receive attention—from their internal development to their broader institutional, philosophical, religious, and literary contexts, as well as their relationships with print culture, visual culture, and material culture.

Graduate students come to the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology degree program from a variety of backgrounds in the sciences and humanities and with diverse professional goals. The program maintains a policy of maximum flexibility and, insofar as possible, tailors the work required for the degree to fit the individual. Students are encouraged to undertake work in related programs such as history, philosophy, science, and technology studies, and the various sciences.

Learning Outcomes

  • Articulates, critiques, or elaborates the theories, research methods, and approaches to inquiry in HSMT.
  • Identifies sources and assembles evidence pertaining to questions or problems in HSMT.
  • Demonstrates understanding of science, medicine, and technology in a range of historical, social, cultural, and global contexts.
  • Chooses the most appropriate methodologies and practices for a chosen research project.
  • Demonstrates the ability to situate a historical question in relation to the existing literature, and to evaluate and synthesize information pertaining to questions or problems in HSMT.
  • Is able to construct a persuasive historical argument that makes an original contribution to historical knowledge.
  • Communicates clearly, in both written and oral form.
  • Recognizes and applies established principles of ethical and professional conduct.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Green Screen: Environmental Perspectives Through Film
  • Bees, Trees, Germs, and Genes: A History of Biology
  • Biology and Society, 1950 - Today
  • History of Medicine In Film
  • The Origins of Scientific Thought
  • The Making of Modern Science

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • History Supplemental Application
  • Writing Sample
  • Transcripts
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • CV or Resumé
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25548 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25548 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    25548 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25548 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12220 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12220 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Madison

1015 - 1752 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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