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Our interdisciplinary graduate program unites emerging historians worldwide to investigate, interrogate, and interpret the past.

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What sets our program apart?

The University of Minnesota’s renowned faculty foster growth of insightful, thoughtful, and engaged individuals that share an abiding passion for discovery and understanding the past. Through faculty-led seminars, historical and interdisciplinary workshops, and informal graduate-led groups, graduate students join a vibrant intellectual culture at the University.

We welcome applications from students expecting to work on any of the areas that our faculty have expertise in. Up to half of the admitted students for 2024 will be part of a thematic cohort working on the histories of policing and carcerality. Potential applicants can learn more on the Call for Applications page.

All of our newly-admitted PhD students are guaranteed six years of funding, as long as they remain in good standing.

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College Resources for Graduate Students

Visit CLA’s website for graduate students to learn about collegiate funding opportunities, student support, career services, and more.

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