Students pursuing an M.A. or a Ph.D. at the History Department work closely with GW's internationally recognized faculty in a broad range of specialties, including modern America, early modern Europe, and imperial and colonial studies. The M.A. program not only prepares students for PhD work, but also for a broad range of careers, from teaching high school students to government work to historical research in the private sector. Every Ph.D. student receives full tuition remission and a full fellowship to cover living expenses for five years, during which they master relevant historiography and write a dissertation. Washington, D.C. has some of the best resources for historical research in the world, including the National Archives, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Library of Congress. Both our M.A. graduates and our Ph.D. graduates have gone on to have successful and prolific careers.

Meet the Director of Graduate Studies


Professor Hugh Agnew is the Director of Graduate Studies. Dr. Agnew specializes in Central and Eastern Europe, with a focus on modern Czech history. Between 2002 and 2016, Dr. Agnew served as an associate dean, senior associate dean, and interim dean in the Elliott School of International Affairs.