The Department of History at the University of Nevada, Reno offers graduate programs of study leading to either the M.A, the M.A.T., or the Ph.D. degrees in History.  In addition, we offer a twelve credit Graduate Certificate in History. These programs are intended to prepare graduate students for productive research, effective teaching, and independent reading and scholarship. This bulletin describes in detail the specific requirements within each degree program offered by the department. 

Prospective applicants should first inquire of the Department of History to determine if their individual interests may be accommodated to suitable programs of graduate study. It is important to note that graduate students at the University of Nevada, Reno are admitted under two classifications: (1) students having Graduate Standing, i.e., students who have been admitted to work for a degree; and (2) students having Graduate Special status, i.e. students who do not intend to work for a degree or have not been admitted to Graduate Standing. No student planning to work for a degree in History should apply to the Graduate School without contacting the Department of History. Admission to the University under Graduate Special status does not guarantee admission to the M.A., the M.A.T., or the Ph.D. program. Moreover, successful completion of courses under Graduate Special status does not imply acceptance into Graduate Standing in History. 

Graduate courses within the Department of History are offered within the Graduate School, and thus are subject to the regulations of the University and of the Graduate School. These regulations may be reviewed by obtaining the current General Catalog.  Note particularly the sections on "Admissions Information" and "Graduate School." 

The information here supplements that available in the General Catalog. Graduate students should familiarize themselves with both the general requirements and procedures listed in the catalog and the specific requirements for History listed in this bulletin. They should also keep informed of changes in graduate programs and Graduate School requirements, which will be incorporated in subsequent editions of the bulletin but may take effect before such editions are published. For this reason, ongoing communication with the Graduate Director is strongly encouraged. Each student is responsible for a knowledge of degree requirements and for the timely submission of all Graduate School forms. The Graduate School maintains an up-to-date site, from which all Graduate School forms – including the application for admission – can be downloaded as well as other useful information for graduate students.  Access the Graduate School website for current information. 

The Graduate Director for the Department of History is the official advisor of all graduate students until they have selected their advisory committee chairs. The Graduate Director is also available to advise anyone who is considering applying to one of our graduate programs. For further information or to schedule an appointment with the Graduate Advisor, call the Department of History: (775) 784-6855. 

Graduate Director 

Dr. Charles Tshimanga-Kashama 
Department of History (308)
University of Nevada, Reno 
Reno, Nevada 89557-0037