Doctor of Philosophy in History (Ph.D.)

Doctor of Philosophy in History (Ph.D.)


The purpose of the Doctor of Philosophy in History program is to produce quality graduates, who pursue careers in professional settings, public history venues, and in academic institutions.

Program Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:

  • Apply a Christian worldview to the study of history.
  • Apply doctoral level research methodology.
  • Analyze historiographic positions at the doctoral level.
  • Apply historical methodology to professional settings.

Program Specific Admissions Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements, admission to candidacy in the Ph.D. in History program requires:

  1. Earned Master’s degree in History or a related field in the humanities (Public/Applied History, Political Science, Philosophy, Government, International Relations, Geography, English, Theology, etc.) from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.)
  2. A graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above (on a 4.00 scale).
  3. TOEFL (if applicable)

Students who do not meet the minimum good-standing GPA requirement may be admitted on Academic Caution status. Students who have less than a graduate 2.80 GPA will not be admitted to the program.

Transfer Credit

Students may transfer up to 36 credit hours from an accredited institution subject to department approval. In order to transfer credit, students must have earned the minimum grade of B-, and courses must have been completed within seven (7) years of the start date of the program. Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.

Delivery Format: Online Only

  • Academic Publisher
  • Archaeologist
  • Author
  • Federal Government Employee
  • Higher Education Administrator
  • Historian
  • International Development Specialist
  • Museum Curator
  • Professional Researcher
  • Professor
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