Why Choose Villanova?

  • For more than a decade, Villanova University has been ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report in the Best Universities – Master’s category in the northern region.
  • You can receive a Master of Science, a Master of Arts, or a graduate certificate depending on your needs and wants.
  • There are plenty of opportunities for research in Villanova’s state-of-the-art facilities.
  • All graduate professors have post-doctoral training in their field and continue to further their knowledge in their chosen areas of expertise.
  • Villanova University is an institute rich in history and tradition.
  • Villanova is located on the historical Main Line, about 15 miles from Center City Philadelphia, easily accessible by car, bus or train.

Make History Your Future!
What Alumni of the History Masters Program Are Doing Now

"The Master's program in History at Villanova challenged my intellectual  boundaries and enabled me to strengthen my skills as an academic and a critical thinker.  My education led to my development as a strong candidate entering the workforce.  As a result, I am now employed at a global company."

Sandra Krogulski, MA History, 2011
Associate, Regulatory Operations, Octagon Research Solutions

Alumni of the History Masters Program may be found within and outside the walls of academia, in teaching, public history, college administration, and many other fields.

Many alumni have found that their History MA from Villanova greatly helps them fulfill their dream of pursuing a Ph.D. in history.  Recent graduates have entered the history Ph.D. programs at the following institutions, usually with full funding: Rutgers-New Brunwick, CUNY, West Virginia University, Purdue University, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, the University of San Diego, Georgetown University, Brandeis University, Temple University and the University of Delaware.

Others have turned their Masters into a career in public history, with positions at such institutions as the National Constitution Center, the National Park Service at Valley Forge, and the New-York Historical Society.

Villanova History Masters graduates also teach at a wide variety of institutions, from the Naval Academy to the University of Scranton, Ithaca College, Penncrest High School, and Atlantic Cape Community College. Others have administrative positions in higher education, such as Assistant Dean for Humanities and Social Sciences at Northampton Community College, and Director of Advancement Services with the University of Dallas.

Finally, graduates of our program may be found in law, library science, business, publishing, among other professions.

The diverse careers pursued by our alumni testify that there is life – and a future – after graduate school.

For more information, contact the Director of the Graduate Program:
Dr. Judith Giesberg


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: http://www.vuhistoricallyspeaking.blogspot.com/
  • 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.  ...read 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.