Graduate Programs in History

Villanova University's history department offers a wide-variety of degree options for students with an earned Bachelor's degree, including a Master of Arts in History, a combined MA in History and Public Administration with a Certificate in Non Profit Management, and various Graduate Certificates in History.  Villanova’s flexible graduate programs may be adapted to individual needs and goals. Students may begin taking courses in the fall, spring or summer sessions, and may take courses on a part-time or full-time basis. All courses are offered in the evening.

 Located in a region steeped in history and with easy access to premier research facilities along the Northeast corridor, the Department of History at Villanova University offers students unparalleled opportunity to grow as scholars, expand their teaching repertoires, or make a career change.  

Where are they now?

Here are three recent graduates. Find out where they are and how an MA in History helped get them there.

Theresa Altieri (VU MA, ’12)

Theresa Altieri (VU MA, ’12) with Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. --Theresa Altieri, Archivist of the Abraham Lincoln Foundation of the Union League of Philadelphia. More...

Hilary Kativa

Hillary Kativa (VU MA, ’08), Digital Collections and Rights Manager, Historical Society of Pennsylvania.  More...

Rebecca Capobianco

Rebecca Capobianco (VU, MA '13), Web-Based Curriculum Developer, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, Virginia, giving a tour of the Sunken Road.  More...

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Contact the Program Director

Judith Giesberg, Ph.D.
(610) 519-4668


Upcoming Events

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  • Old House, New Discoveries Event
    April 24th at 5:30 p.m. Come peek into the rarely seen service spaces in The Woodlands mansion and learn about the ordinary people who worked beneath the stairs. Graduate students from the Department of History at Villanova University will share new research on the Woodlands mansion.

  • On Friday, April 4, Villanova University will host its 25th annual Elizabeth Cady Stanton Conference. The conference highlights research from a variety of disciplines, all connected by a focus on gender/women. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. Click on the link below for further information:
  • Dr. Chris Haas has published the essay "Geopolitics and Georgian Identity in Late Antiquity: the Dangerous World of Vakhtang Gorgasali" in Georgian Christian Thought and Its Cultural Context: Memorial Volume for the 125th Anniversary of Shalva Nutsubidze (1888-1969), edited by Tamar Nutsubidze, Cornelia B. Horn, and Basil Lourié (Leiden: Brill Publications, 2014), pp, 29-44. 
  • Professor Bernard Reilly’s review of Miriam Shadis, Berenguela of Castile (1180-1246) and Political Women in the High Middle Ages (2009) has been published in Speculum 88 (2013), 338-339.
  • In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the National Constitution Center presents a conversation with scholars Ted Widmer, Sean Wilentz, Judith Giesberg, and Adam Goodheart of the popular New York Times "Disunion" blog on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. more
  • Lynne Ann Hartnett, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of Russian area studies, was interviewed on CBS Channel 3 News regarding the situation in Chechnya as part of the media reaction to the Boston Marathon bombings.