In the master’s and doctoral programs, graduate students work closely with the History Department's internationally recognized faculty on research in a broad range of thematic and geographical specialties. Our scholars foster an environment that encourages critical thinking, writing and questioning, pushing students to connect the causes and consequences of historical events. Surrounded by the capital’s top research resources and institutes, graduate students prepare for careers or advanced study in research, politics, education, academia and more.

Join the Graduate Programs Virtual Open House: October 17–27

Registration is open for the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences 2023 Open House! The online event includes program-specific information sessions and opportunities to engage with current graduate students, faculty and our admissions team. 

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    Stories From Graduate Students

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    Understanding North Korea

    Benjamin R. Young, a Korean history PhD candidate and recent Fulbright scholar in Seoul, discusses the escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea and how to avert a nuclear...