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Who should apply to the Hagley Graduate Program?

Hagley Fellows come to the University of Delaware with a variety of interests and backgrounds. They share a common desire to engage in a wide-ranging conversation about the history of technology, business, and consumerism, and material culture in everyday life. Some plan to go on to careers in university teaching while others are interested in public history or museum work. Most, but not all, have a B.A. or an M.A. in history when they are admitted to the history department. Special preparation in a technical field is not a requirement for admission.

How does the admissions process work?

Anyone interested in applying to the Hagley Graduate Program should complete an online application for the UD History Graduate Program. On the top of the personal statement, please indicate clearly that you wish to be considered for the Hagley Program. Top candidates will be brought to the University at the Program’s expense for an interview weekend in mid-March. Candidates who are not selected as Hagley Fellows may still be considered for the general History Graduate Program. January 15 is the deadline for submitting applications. Please see the History Department Admissions: Policies and Procedures page for complete information.

What are the Program Requirements?

All Hagley Fellows are required to complete 30 credits (ten classes). Some of these classes must be selected to fulfill History Department requirements. Hagley Fellows also must take two “Hagley courses” which reflect student and faculty interests. These are offered every semester. Ph.D. students take a written comprehensive examination and write a dissertation. A thesis is optional for M.A. students. About half of all Hagley students also choose to complete a museum studies certificate.

What activities and resources make the Hagley Graduate Program special?

Students in the Hagley Program have access to an incomparable range of resources. They can choose to work with any of the more than 30 distinguished scholars who make up the History Department faculty. An extensive array of classes are offered each semester by both the History Department and other units at the University. Student and faculty research is supported by the University of Delaware’s Morris Library, which includes not only more than 2 million books, but also manuscript materials and electronic databases. Many of us also make use of the Hagley Library, which holds the world’s foremost collections of business records.

All Hagley Fellows participate in a weeklong orientation before beginning their first year. The orientation exposes students to the vast array of research opportunities in the Mid-Atlantic region’s libraries and archives. Visits to museums and industrial sites help begin a discussion of the materiality of industrialization and the ways it is presented to the public. The Fellows play a critical role in running the Department’s weekly speaker series. Participation in History Workshop provides an opportunity to engage with both up-and-coming and established scholars in an intimate, seminar setting. Hagley Fellows also organize a biannual conference that brings in scholars from all over the country to present papers on a topic of their choice. Fellows also have special privileges at the Hagley Museum and Library.

What forms of financial support are available to Hagley Fellows?

All Hagley Fellows receive a stipend and tuition remission. M.A. students are supported for two years. Ph.D. students receive four years of funding. In exchange, Fellows work as teaching assistants during half the semesters in which they are funded. Hagley Fellows also receive an allowance of $600 a year for travel and research expenses. The Program and the History Department also have additional funds which can be used to support internships and Ph.D. research.

What kinds of jobs do Hagley Fellows get after finishing their degrees?

Alumni of the Hagley Graduate Program occupy faculty positions at a number of colleges and universities including Johns Hopkins University, New York University, Georgia Tech, and Auburn University. They can also be found on the staffs and in leadership positions of many museums and historical sites including the National Museum of American History, Lowell National Park, and the National Constitution Center.