Department of History Graduate School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Villanova University

Department of History Graduate School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Villanova University

Villanova, PA
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
March 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


Graduate Programs in History at Villanova University

The Department of History at Villanova University offers graduate programs that students can adapt to their individual needs, interests, and goals. Programs can be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis, and courses can be started in the fall, spring, or summer sessions. Furthermore, all classes take place in the evenings, class sizes are small, and internationally-recognized faculty members teach classes and provide personalized attention.

The department's rigorous programs coupled with the university's location in a region immersed in history and abundant with research facilities enable students to expand their teaching credentials, grow as scholars, or change their careers.

Master of Arts in History Program

The M.A. in History degree program consists of 10 courses (30 credits). Students work with advisers to plan their courses of study, which include 4 concentration courses.

Although the curriculum does not require a thesis, its courses provide many opportunities to conduct original research.

M.A. in History Program: Concentration Topics

Students in the M.A. in History degree program choose geographic, topical, chronological, public history, or self-designed concentrations. Geographic concentrations include Africana, Asia, Atlantic, Europe, and the United States.

Topical concentrations include empire, industrial societies, intellectual history, race and ethnicity, religion, revolution, state and society, and women and gender. The chronological concentration focuses on a specific era like ancient and medieval, early modern, and the 20th century.

The public history concentration includes courses in public history and American history as well as an internship in public history. Lastly, the self-designed concentration consists of a coherent group of courses, one historiography course, and a comprehensive examination.

The M.A. Program in History and Public Administration With a Certificate in Non-profit Management

The M.A. in History with a certificate in non-profit management program allows students to advance their mastery of history while learning how to manage the administrative, economic, and political challenges that non-profit institutions face.

This unique program's curriculum includes 24 credits (8 courses) in history and 12 credits (4 courses) from the Public Administration Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management program.

It is ideal for students interested in the field of public history, which includes work in cultural tourism, historic preservation, libraries and archives, museums, and new media.

Graduate Certificates in History

Villanova University also offers Graduate Certificates in History that students can tailor to meet their specific interests and needs.

Students can earn one or more certificates in the following areas: History, American History, European History (before 1789), Modern European History (1789-present), and World History.

Each certificate program consists of 15 credits of courses drawn from the Department of History's regular course offerings.

Financial Assistance at Villanova University

Villanova University offers competitive tuition rates and generous financial assistance, thus making its graduate programs an excellent investment.

It offers graduate students the opportunity to apply for tuition scholarships that provide tuition remission for all courses in their programs. It also provides a number of graduate assistantships on a competitive basis consisting of stipends and tuition remission.

In addition, students may qualify for federal and private loans and participate in the university's tuition payment plan.

Expertly Trained Faculty

All graduate-level professors in the Department of History have post-doctoral training in their fields. They are also active scholars who continue to advance their knowledge in their areas of expertise.

Judith Giesberg, Ph.D., professor of history and director of the Graduate Program, has expertise in the subjects of gender, women, and social history during the Civil War era. She has published several journal articles and books on these topics.

Lynne Hartnett, Ph.D., is the assistant professor of history, director of Russian area studies, and director of the Center for the Study of Violence and Conflict. Like Dr. Giesberg, she has published extensively in her area of expertise: the revolutionary movement in 19th century Russia.

Comprehensive Resources

Villanova University provides extensive resources to ensure that students excel academically, professionally, and socially.

Supportive services include career, counseling, disability, health and wellness, and housing services as well as a Campus Ministry. Academic resources include learning support services and a writing center.

Co-curricula activities include the Graduate Student Council, a fitness center, and intramural sports. Graduate students may also work as editors and submit articles to "Concept," an interdisciplinary journal focusing on graduate studies.

Villanova University

The Order of St. Augustine founded Villanova University in 1842 to provide academic programs in the liberal arts and Catholic higher education traditions.

Today, the university offers 10,000 students more than 45 undergraduate majors and over 100 graduate programs in 6 colleges. Through theoretical training, hands-on experiences, and co-curricular activities, students learn to "think critically, act compassionately, and succeed while serving others."

Villanova consistently receives high rankings from "U.S. News and World Report," which ranks it number 1 among colleges in the northern region of the United States. In addition, "Forbes" ranks Villanova within the top 50 colleges in the northeastern region, and the "Chronicle of Higher Education" identified it as the top producer of Fulbright students (master's institutions) in the country.

Great Location

Villanova University is located in Villanova, Pennsylvania, in the northeastern region of the United States. This beautiful town is 12 miles west of Philadelphia, the 5th largest city in the country.

Philadelphia is a vibrant center of historical sites, first-rate museums, cutting-edge theatres and galleries, diverse music venues, and renowned restaurants and farmers' markets. It also offers an abundance of professional, civic, and educational opportunities.

Location & Contact

Department of History

Graduate School of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Villanova University

800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085-1699
United States

Dr. Judith Giesberg


Phone: 610-519-4668

Dean, Graduate School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • History Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 26
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


91% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 37
    • Accepted 34
    • Acceptance Rate 91
    • Enrolled 17
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline March 1st May 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline November 15th October 15th Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test, minimum GPA of 3.0, and 3 letters of recommendation, personal statement
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableFederal Work-Study, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students52
    • Female Percentage54%
    • Male Percentage46%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students52
    • Part-time Percentage27%
    • Full-time Percentage73%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American2%
    • White / Caucasian84%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races4%
    • Unknown10%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty8
    • Full-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Part-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Female Percentage50%
    • Male Percentage50%




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