Information for Graduate Students
The links below contain information for students in the certificate and/or master's programs.
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Visit the Successfully Complete My Master's Degree page for the specifics on requirements, procedures, deadlines, and resources you need to reach your degree goals.
Degree Works is a web-based degree audit tool that helps students monitor progress toward degree completion. We recommend reviewing your degree audit at least four times a semester. Degree Works can be accessed through eServices.
Internships (HIST 693) are available at a wide variety of public history institutions in the area and count toward the completion of the M.A. program.
Visit our Internship Guidelines page for all the details you need to get started.
Helpful information on how to approach applications to doctoral programs and careers in the history profession can be found through the following resources:
- American Historical Association's Resources for Graduate Students
- The National Council on Public History's "Public History Navigator: How to Choose and Thrive in a Graduate Public History Program" (2015)
- John King and Andrew McMichael's "The Trials and Tribulations of Applying to Graduate School," Perspectives on History (September 1998)
There are a number of links that can help graduates plan non-academic careers as a historian:
- Museums: American Association of Museums; Virginia Association of Museums
- Archives: Society of American Archivists; National Council on Public History; Society for History in the Federal Government
- Historical societies: American Association for State and Local History
- Federal, state and local government employment: usajobs.gov, 50statejobs
- Nonprofits: idealist.org
- Resume samples by job title: Job Hero
More assistance can be found through VCU Career Services.
The College of Humanities and Sciences offers more than 100 scholarship opportunities to currently enrolled students annually. The system features a searchable database of opportunities and details the requirements for each. The application process opens early January and closes late February.
Visit the Financial Support page for more details.
The History Graduate Student Association is an independent student group which seeks to provide history graduate students at VCU with opportunities to gather throughout the school year to encourage a sense of community within the program and to explore history-based events and opportunities in the Richmond area.
Visit the History Graduate Student Association page for more details.
The Courses page gives specific details on the classes available to graduate students looking to register for the upcoming semester.
Study abroad is an experience which can deepen your historical understanding and perspective. It can also be a transformative, enriching experience which contributes greatly to personal growth.
The study abroad program in Barbados is supported from within the history department, and there are many other exciting study abroad opportunities offered through VCU's Global Education Office.