M.A. On Campus


Duke University

24 months
57900 USD/year
57900 USD/year
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The Master in History program at Duke University trains students to develop original scholarship of their own. Our recently revised curriculum provides students with a strong disciplinary base, while also encouraging creative approaches to the past. Our department maintains a strong emphasis on faculty mentorship and a supportive, vibrant graduate student culture. 


Our 30-plus full time history faculty members cover a diverse array of topics, but share a common approach to the past: we join deep knowledge of particular areas with broad engagement across fields and disciplines to produce award-winning scholarship.

For Prospective Students

We matriculate 10-12 Ph.D. students a year, with a smaller number of JD/MA students, and an occasional Master's student each year. Students admitted to the Ph.D. program generally receive multi-year funding packages from the Duke Graduate School, including tuition waivers, a stipend, and a teaching assistantship or gradership. Comparatively small incoming classes allow for close relationships with faculty, as well as individually tailored courses of study. History graduate students receive numerous opportunities to teach, both as T.A.s and eventually, on their own, both at Duke and other area colleges and universities.

All Duke University's Master of Arts programs require a minimum of 30 units of course credit. At least 24 of these units must be graded course work. The other 6 units may be credits for "ungraded research." Students may take graduate courses in other disciplines that relate to their areas of interest with permission of the Director of Graduate Studies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • History of Sexuality
  • Japan Since 1945
  • Research Methods in Japanese
  • East Asia's Twentieth Century
  • Race, Class, and Gender: A Social History of Modern (1750-present) Britain
  • United States Policy in the Middle East
  • The Roman Republic
  • The Society and Economy of Europe, 1400 - 1700
  • Microhistory
  • Religion and Society in the Age of the Reformation
  • Greek History: Fifth Through First Centuries BC
  • Fin-de-siècle and Interwar Vienna: Politics, Society, and Culture
  • Greek History from the Bronze Age to the fifth century BCE
  • Roman History from Romulus to Augustus
  • The Russian Intelligentsia and the Origins of the Revolution
  • The Russian Revolution
  • Post War Europe, 1945-1968: Politics, Society, and Culture
  • The Roman Empire
  • Roman History from Augustus through Late Antiquity
  • Ethnohistory of Latin America
  • Piracy in the Atlantic Basin
  • History of Poverty in the United States
  • Twentieth Century Social Movements in America
  • Courts, Wars, Legacies of Wars
  • American Grand Strategy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or science from an accredited institution (transcripts required, including an estimated GPA and a grade scale)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume
  • Three recommendations
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or equivalent—official results
  • English Language Testing (TOEFL or IELTS)—official results 
  • Interview and/or a video introduction
  • Nonrefundable application fee of US$75— paid by credit card, or by a check made payable to Duke University

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    57900 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 28950 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    57900 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 28950 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Durham

990 - 1670 USD /month
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