FAQs for Current PhD Students In History

Newly Admitted Students

What should newly admitted students do?

Follow all of the Next Steps for Admitted Graduate Students.

Assistantships, Funding, Tuition Waivers

What is the contracted date range for my assistantship?

Two full semesters beginning in August (fall semester) and ending in May (spring semester). Assistantships do not run over the summer semester.

Who am I assisting?

You will be assigned to a professor prior to the start of each semester.

Can I have outside employment while working as a graduate assistant?

No, unless given permission by the director and chair.

How do I renew my assistantship?

Doctoral students are given an assistantship for up to five years based on performance and good academic standing.

Are there certain fees that tuition waivers do not cover?

They do not cover books.

How do I know if my tuition waiver has been applied?

Students should check their account balance in Patriot Web. 

How many credits are covered by tuition waivers?

The number of tuition waiver credits provided can vary from year to year. That said, full-time GAs received 17 credits of tuition waiver for the 2020-2021 academic year.


Do you have a checklist I should follow to graduate?

Please refer to the Graduation information on the Registrar's website.

Who is my dissertation advisor?

Your dissertation advisor is determined by meeting with the PhD Graduate Director to discuss options.

How do I register for HIST 998 Doctoral Dissertation Proposal?

To register for HIST 998, you must send an email to Graduate Coordinator, Emily Gibson at egibson5@gmu.edu to obtain a Course Registration Number (CRN) you'll need to enroll yourself via Patriot Web. 

When can I register for HIST 999 Doctoral Dissertation Research? 

You may register for HIST 999 after advancing to candidacy. To do so, you will need to send an email request to the Dean's office at chssdiss@gmu.edu that includes your name, G number, dissertation advisor and the number of credits you intend to enroll into. They will then provide you with the Course Registration Number (CRN) you'll need to enroll yourself via Patriot Web.

When should I take my Major Field oral exam?

The oral exam may be taken after completing 15 credits of coursework in your major field.

What is the procedure for scheduling my Major Field oral exam?

Students must first contact all of his/her committee members to secure a date and time. Once done, they must contact Emily Gibson at egibson5@gmu.edu to reserve a room.

What is the procedure to formalize the completion of my two Minor Field exams?

Students must submit the minor field approval form with signatures from their first and second readers. Exams will be sent electronically to students, who will submit their completed exams via email.

How do I register for Major Field Readings (HIST 803), Minor Field Readings (HIST 804), Directed Reading (HIST 796) or Directed Research (HIST 797) courses?

Students must notify Emily Gibson at egibson5@gmu.edu so she can arrange to have an individualized section opened for them. Emily will need the name of your course instructor and the topic of study.

How do I finalize my program of study?

Please ask for an advising appointment with Dr. Lebovic at slebovic@gmu.edu to finalize your program of study.

Can I shorten the length of time to earn a PhD?

Yes, with a reduction of credits up to a maximum of 30 pre-approved credits.