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PhD Programs in History in Texas

Read about the schools in Texas that offer doctoral programs in history. Learn more about the concentrations offered in these programs and their requirements.

The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington offers a Ph.D. program in history that focuses on geographic information systems, public history, and the management of archives. The full-time program also offers a concentration in the history of cartography and includes coursework in public history, transatlantic slavery, Native American history, and world history.

University of North Texas

The University of North Texas hosts a Ph.D. in History program with specializations in body, place, and identity; United States history; European history; and military history that include chronological and topical fields of study. The program requires 30 semester hours of coursework that include research seminars, a historiography course, and 12 semester hours of dissertation work. Students must also graduate with reading skills in a foreign language.

The University of Texas at El Paso

The University of Texas at El Paso offers a 63-credit Ph.D. in Borderlands History program with tracks in transnational/world history, U.S.-Mexico borderlands history, Mexican and Latin American history, and United States history. The program has to be completed within eight years, requires reading skills in Spanish, and includes coursework in historiography, Latin American history, public history, and world history.

Texas A&M University, College Station

Texas A&M University, College Station offers a Ph.D. program in history that requires a total of 64 semester hours, out of which 18 semester hours are for the coursework. The program has to be completed in ten years and requires reading proficiency in two foreign languages and a specific period of resident study.

University of Houston

The University of Houston offers a Ph.D. in History program with a B.A. to Ph.D. track and an M.A. to Ph.D. track. The program emphasizes the areas of Latin American history, United States history, transnational history, and European history and requires a few semesters of residency and foreign language proficiency.

Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University provides a Ph.D. in History program that requires 60 credit hours. The program asks students to select major and minor geographic fields from among options that include the United States, Europe, or the world along with a thematic field in numerous areas like the Atlantic world, race and ethnicity, religion, and globalization; students are also expected to have proficiency in a foreign language.

The University of Texas at Austin

Students at the University of Texas at Austin have six years to finish the Ph.D. program in history; the program offers majors in areas that include Africa, the United States, Latin America, Middle East, and medieval Europe. The program includes an introductory course in historical inquiry and requires knowledge of one or two foreign languages depending on the area of study.

The University of Texas at Dallas

The University of Texas at Dallas offers a Ph.D. in History of Ideas program that requires a total of 60 credit hours; the program focuses on the interrelation of history and philosophy. During the initial two semesters of the program, students take a few seminars from the areas of literature and the visual and performing arts; the program also requires foreign language proficiency.

Baylor University

Baylor University hosts a Ph.D. in History program with a multitude of concentrations, like the North Atlantic world, American Revolution, 20th-century America, Gilded Age and Progressive Era, women and gender studies, and medieval England. The program requires 39 hours of coursework, 12 hours of dissertation study, and foreign language proficiency.

Texas Christian University

Texas Christian University offers a Ph.D. in History program that requires 30 credit hours of coursework. The program requirements include courses like historiography and bibliography, two research seminars, a portfolio, and foreign language proficiency.

School Name Programs Offered Average Graduate Tuition Cost (2019-2020)*
The University of Texas at Arlington Ph.D. in History: History of Cartography In-state: $8,474
Out-of-state: $21,206
University of North Texas Ph.D. in History: Body, Place and Identity; United States History; European History; Military History In-state: $5,900
Out-of-state: $13,496
The University of Texas at El Paso Ph.D. in Borderlands History: Transnational/World History, U.S.-Mexico Borderlands History, Mexican and Latin American History, United States History In-state: $5,497
Out-of-state: $14,766
Texas A&M University, College Station Ph.D. in History In-state: $6,677; Out-of-state: $18,700
University of Houston Ph.D. in History: Latin American History, United States History, Transnational History, and European History In-state: $8,370
Out-of-state: $17,746
Texas Tech University Ph.D. in History: United States, Europe, World History, Atlantic World, Race and Ethnicity, Religion, Globalization, etc. In-state: $5,958
Out-of-state: $13,428
The University of Texas at Austin Ph.D. in History: Africa, Atlantic history, the United States, Latin America, Middle East, Medieval Europe, Early Modern Europe, East Asia, South Asia, Modern Europe, and Science, Technology, and Medicine In-state: $11,998
Out-of-state: $22,966
The University of Texas at Dallas Ph.D. in History of Ideas In-state: $13,874
Out-of-state: $27,796
Baylor University Ph.D. in History: Global History from Africa/Middle East to Global Christianity, North Atlantic World, American Revolution, Twentieth-Century America, Gilded Age and Progressive Era, British Empire, Women and Gender Studies, Medieval England $32,130
Texas Christian University Ph.D. in History $30,780

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

The history Ph.D. programs available in Texas offer concentrations in areas like American history, world history, borderlands history, and cartography. Most programs require proficiency in one or two foreign languages.