The History of Science graduate program provides professional training in the interdisciplinary subject of history of science. The program connects the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences by studying and interpreting the development of the sciences within particular historical settings and analyzing the changing roles of the sciences within modern cultures. Emphasis in the program is on scientific traditions since the sixteenth century in Europe and North America, in the physical, earth, biological, medical, and social sciences, as well as on environmental history and the history of the environmental sciences.

Students with substantial scientific or historical background are encouraged to apply to the graduate program in History of Science. Under special circumstances, students who do not meet the minimum requirements may be considered for admission. Prospective students should be aware that the University and the History department are not able to accommodate all applicants who meet the minimum admission requirements. Students who have not completed a Master's degree in History of Science should apply to the Master's program even if the intent is to pursue the Ph.D.

Admissions Requirements

Admit Term
  • Any Term

Recommended Fall Term

Required Tests
  • GRE

English Language Requirements ?

English language requirements for international applicants to this program are the same as the standard Graduate School requirements.


Additional Requirements
  • This program requires a statement of the student’s particular fields of interest and overall aims and purpose in the study of the history of science. An additional writing sample (no more than 25 pages) would be helpful to the graduate admissions committee.


Application requirements, including required documents, letters, and forms, vary by program and may not be completely represented here. The processing of your application will not be completed until these requirements have been met. Please, before applying to this program, always contact the program office to confirm application requirements.

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Application Process

Please review the graduate school application process and Apply Online.

Dates & Deadlines ?

Admissions Deadline for all applicants
January 01
Funding Deadline for all applicants
January 01

Available Concentrations ?

  • development of the physical, biological, and environmental sciences
  • history of science and medicine
  • intellectual and social history of science in Europe and the U.S.

MAIS Participation

This program may serve as a secondary or third field of study in a MAIS degree.


AMP Participation ?

This program does not participate in the Accelerated Master's Platform (AMP)