More Information

World History, Doctor of Philosophy

60 Credits
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens Campus


The innovative Ph.D. in World History at St. John’s University redefines and reclaims the vital roles that professionals with advanced humanities training play in our complex, global society. It combines traditional academic rigor in research with an emphasis on new pedagogies, interdisciplinary study, technology, collaborative work, community engagement, and a unique approach to internship training.

Our program distinguishes itself with internship rotations that allow you to apply your knowledge and training in history to practice in the community. You’ll have the opportunity to gain valuable professional experience in fields such as: libraries and archives; parks and heritage tourism; publishing, editing, and production; secondary and post-secondary teaching; museums and galleries; film-making and digital media; and non-profit organizations, non-governmental organizations, and governmental agencies.

The Department of History’s full-time faculty members are active scholars with fields of expertise that include African, American, Asian, European, Latin American, and Middle Eastern studies. As a doctoral student at St. John’s, you’ll benefit from close mentoring relationships with these professors and be part of our vibrant and diverse intellectual community. We also offer flexibility to accommodate both traditional full-time doctoral students and working professionals seeking a degree part-time.

Department Faculty

Please see a list of our History faculty.

Department Contact

Nerina Rustomji, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Graduate Director
Department of History


To apply to the Ph.D. in World History, you must submit official transcripts showing conferral of your bachelor’s degree and at least 24 credits in history. You must also possess at least a cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the undergraduate level, with a 3.5 or higher in history courses.

We require that you submit evidence of acceptable scores for the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test along with your application. The subject GRE Test is not required.

You must submit three letters of recommendation, at least one of which attests to your research ability. You must also submit a recent sample of written work, as well as a personal statement detailing your professional goals and experience.

Applicants who already hold a master’s degree in history may qualify for up to 24 credits of advanced standing with approval from the graduate director and the Dean’s office.

Admission Contact
Robert Medrano, Director
Office of Graduate Admission

Tuition and Financial Aid

The University awards a limited number of graduate assistantships and doctoral fellowships to highly-qualified students each year. These positions provide tuition remission and a stipend and involve assisting faculty with their research. For more information, please visit the Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships and Tuition and Financial Aid pages.


Career Outcomes

The communication skills, analytical thinking, and historical perspectives you’ll gain through the Ph.D. program in World History will prepare you for tenure-track faculty positions in history as well as careers in museums, libraries, cultural agencies and institutions, consulting firms, and digital and traditional media companies. The distinctive socially-aware, problem-solving, and service-oriented education you’ll receive at St. John’s will help you excel in the areas of teaching, public history, and public service. Thanks to the internship experience built in to the program, you’ll be entering the job market with not only an advanced degree and body of original research, but also professional experience in a field that suits your interests and goals.

You'll meet once a month in our doctoral colloquium to present research and publications and gather for workshops and roundtable discussions. You’ll also be able to gain professional training through planning the History department's international World History Theory and Practice conference and through joining the World History Group that discusses teaching history in the core curriculum. For teaching experience, you may shadow faculty members teaching undergraduate courses. Through St. John’s Center for Teaching and Learning, you’ll have access to professional development workshops in grant writing, fundraising, digital humanities, web and social media marketing, and organizational leadership. And you’ll always have the individual attention of the faculty members in the Department of History who will work with you on articulating and developing your career aspirations.

Program News

St. John’s University’s doctoral program in World History was recognized by the American Historical Association (AHA) as part of its Career Diversity for Historians initiative. Four...

Request Information