A Message from the Director of Graduate Studies

The History Department at Georgia State is a wonderful place to pursue advanced studies in history while living in a dynamic and cosmopolitan city. We have terrific, world-renowned faculty who are committed to graduate education and whose areas of expertise allow our students to study a broad range of topics. There is also a strong sense of community among the professors and graduate students who interact regularly both inside and outside of the classroom, particularly through events organized by AHGSU, our graduate student organization.

Our MA program offers both thesis and non-thesis options, and takes about two years for full-time students. The PhD is typically a five to six year commitment, and usually requires a master’s degree prior to entering the program. However our new “fast track” PhD permits particularly strong students to enter straight into the doctoral program with just a bachelor’s degree. In all of these degrees, we offer concentrations in World History, Public History, and Heritage Preservation.

The History Department at Georgia State has strengths in many areas, among them world history, public history, Southern history, oral history, and US and European social and cultural history. Check out our faculty directory for more information about our faculty members’ particular areas of expertise. Feel free to contact me with questions about our graduate programs.

— Dr. Alex Sayf Cummings

Associate Professor