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Graduate Study in History

Director of Graduate Studies:
Dr. Rebecca Sharpless
Reed Hall 329 (817) 257-5645

The TCU graduate program in history offers students the opportunity to study with an outstanding and dedicated faculty and to tailor a program of study and research to meet their particular interests. The department offers the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees with specializations  in U.S. and Latin American history. The department's Graduate Guide offers applicants a detailed view of how the TCU program works.

TCU’s History graduate faculty and students have established a solid record of scholarly achievement.  Over the past ten years, faculty members have published more than 35 scholarly books and won several research and teaching awards, and in that time the department has awarded 43 PhDs.  Of those, nearly 90 percent have found employment in full-time history-related jobs. Click here to see a list of our recent graduates, and here for a chart of our overall placement record. Click here to see mini-biographies of some of our recent PhDs.

Students in TCU’s History graduate program are well supported, both financially and in terms of scholarly resources.  More than 90 percent of ourhistory graduate students receive some form of financial aid, and the department provides many opportunities for experience in the classroom, both as teaching assistants and as independent instructors.  In addition, the department maintains an active speaker and seminar program that introduces students to a wide variety of topics and methods.

TCU's Mary Couts Burnett Library has more than 1.5 million volumes,  as well as subscriptions to over 56,000 current journals and 300 databases. The open-stack library, accredited by the American Association of Research Libraries, is also a Federal Records Depository, and has access to a variety of other resources through TCU's reciprocal arrangements and membership in the Alliance for Higher Education (AHE). The University Archives is a repository for documents relating to local history and the history of Texas and the Southwest.

Nearby in Fort Worth is the National Archives-Southwest Regional Branch, which is a repository for federal records from Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, and the Amon Carter Museum, whose library possesses a sizeable and impressive newspaper collection. Within one hour are other specialized collections at SMU and UTA. A few hours south, in Austin, are located the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, the Barker Texas History Collection, the LBJ Library, and the Castañeda Library of the University of Texas. TCU has formal and informal working relationships with these institutions that facilitate faculty and student research.

Current students: Planning to graduate this spring? Click this link for Spring 2017 graduation deadlines.