The William and Mary doctoral program combines a broad approach to history and close attention to our students. In their first year students will take a core course in method and theory, research seminars, and thematic as well as regionally-based reading seminars. Students will also prepare a research portfolio consisting of two major research papers. Students will then receive their M.A. degrees and take another year of topical reading seminars. In the fall semester of their third year, doctoral students take a written and oral comprehensive qualifying examination in four fields. Students will receive instruction in teaching techniques, have the opportunity to serve as Teaching Assistants and to teach their own course under the supervision of faculty. Ph.D. students receive full funding (tuition fees and stipend) for six years.
Students must pass a language exam (pdf) that tests reading knowledge of a language other than English.