Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School


The Department of History offers a comprehensive program in Public, United States, and Transnational Urban History. As one of the first departments in the nation to offer doctorate and master’s degrees in Public History, we strive to meet the needs of today’s students. Graduates are prepared for careers in teaching and Public History, but they also have transferable skills that make them excellent candidates for careers in business, government, and cultural institutions.

Students specialize in one of three major fields:

• Public History

• United States

• Transnational Urban

The doctoral program is designed to prepare students in a broad major field while at the same time giving them the expertise to focus on specialized topics of research.


Accelerated Format for the PhD Program

Available to students who have an outstanding undergraduate record in history, this accelerated format allows students to enter the PhD program directly and to fulfill all of the PhD course requirements in five semesters.

Structured around these two major fields, the program is designed to prepare students for positions calling for a doctorate, such as teaching Public History or administering at governmental institutions.

The Department of History offers three specialized MA programs.



Students can specialize in one of the following major fields:

• United States

• U.S. Urban

• Transnational Urban

• Atlantic World



This degree includes an internship and focuses on the management, preservation, and interpretation of historical records and artifacts.



Students receive two separate degrees, an MA in history from Loyola and an MALS from Dominican University.

The degree offers part- and full-time enrollment

•  Average time to completion for PhD: 6 years (full time), no part time program available
•  Average time to completion for MA: 2 years (full time), 3 years (part time)

Online options are not available.

Internships and research opportunities are included as part of the curriculum

The Graduate Program Assistant sends out frequent internship/job postings and the students contact the agency directly.

Student organizations such as the History Graduate Student Association (HGSA) as well as service opportunities are associated with the program.

Graduate students studying Public History can take advantage of opportunities for internships (some paid, some unpaid). Our program has affiliations with the Newberry Library, the Raven Theater, the Illinois Holocaust Museum, and other institutions.

Our graduates depart from Loyola for careers in teaching, museums, archives, and libraries, but they also have transferable skills that make them excellent candidates for careers in business, government, educational, and cultural institutions. Many MA students go on to earn a PhD. Learn more at LUC.edu/history/graduate/placement_history.shtml.

• Recent graduates are now employed at institutions like the University of Illinois Springfield, Salve Regina University, North Park University, the Newberry Library, Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, Chicago Public Library, and the National Park Service.

• Students can work with the program’s Placement Officer, whose role it is to advise students on their dossiers and read their application materials.

• Career services are available—learn more at LUC.edu/career.

The Department of History offers a niche graduate program specializing in U.S., Public, and Transnational Urban History designed to place students on successful career paths.

We have a high success rate for placing MA students in History PhD programs.

History faculty members are both passionate about their teaching and dedicated to their research. Professional faculty members receive recognition for working at notable organizations like Chicago Metro History Education Center, Chicago History Museum, Illinois State Historical Society, American Historical Association (AHA) and the National Council on Public History (NCPH). Areas of faculty interest include Urban history (U.S. and Transnational), Modern and Early Modern Europe, Material Culture, Cultural History, History of Capitalism, Native American History, Modern Latin America, Middle Ages, Women’s & Gender history, Environmental history, History of Islam, China, East Asia.

Students who are applying to the PhD program are required to have earned a BA in History or American Studies.

Begin the financial aid process by completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov.

The Graduate School has limited funds available for financial assistance. Financial aid from Loyola’s Financial Aid Office will not impact your ability to apply for financial aid through the Graduate School. To learn more about these financial aid opportunities, visit LUC.edu/finaid/graduateschool

Learn more about faculty, curriculum, and how to apply.