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College of Humanities & Sciences

Department of History

Graduate Program

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The VCU Department of History has provided a dynamic program for graduate study since 1994. Its flexibility, award-winning faculty, and urban research environment provide multiple scholarly and public history opportunities for a diverse student body. The Graduate Program in History offers what you need to reach your academic and career goals each step of the way.


The department’s flexibility gives students a multitude of options. Students can attend classes on a part-time or full-time basis. Classes are held in the late afternoons and evenings to accommodate work schedules. We offer two graduate programs:

Experiential Learning

Rigorous courses offer strong academic training with emphasis on researching, writing, and developing class leadership. Public history courses include documentary editing, historic site management and archival administration, and museum exhibitions. Located on an urban campus between Richmond’s vibrant downtown and the historic Fan district, the program takes advantage of multiple research and internship opportunities. The Library of Virginia, Virginia Museum of History and Culture, Virginia War Memorial, and the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site are all within walking distance from campus. More than fifty museums, archives, historic sites, and other institutions in the Richmond area provide special opportunities for a broad-range of hands-on experience in the field.

Financial Support

Students are eligible for a variety of financial aid opportunities on a competitive basis. Graduate Teaching Assistantships include a stipend. Research travel grants in Southern history are available through the F. Robert Schilling, Jr. Fund, and there are several scholarships offered through the History Department, including the James Tice Moore Scholarship for Teachers, the William E. Blake Scholarship, and the Craig Kennedy Scholarship.

A Community of Excellence

Our students enjoy small classes, and work closely with faculty to develop their course of study. Graduate courses focus on European, Public, and American history, with a broad array of scholars investigating early America, the South, African-American history, the Civil War, and 20th Century U.S. Classes are also offered in trans-Atlantic history.

Our students, recruited nationally and internationally, come with a variety of life experiences and career goals. Students build community and connections through a vibrant History Graduate Student Association, and a strong network of graduate program alumni in the area working in a variety of professional fields.

Contact and More Information

If you have questions, please feel free to contact our director of graduate studies, Emilie Raymond at, or 804-828-9809.

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