Welcome to the AHA’s survey for currently enrolled history graduate students. The extended deadline for survey completion is Monday, May 10, 2021. (The original deadline was Friday, April 9.)  

The survey is fairly long. You can save your progress and return as often as you need before submitting your final responses. Please note that not all questions will pertain to your situation, and you may skip any questions that are not applicable to you.

The AHA’s survey of history graduate education is part of a broader effort by the AHA to collect crucial data on the culture and curriculum of graduate education and the experiences of students and faculty. The AHA will use the data collected from this survey, as well as a separate survey shared with directors of graduate studies, to assess the state of MA and PhD education in the historical discipline, as well as major initiatives, notably Career Diversity for Historians, designed to better prepare students for a range of career paths. In addition, comparison with 2001 survey data focused on doctoral education will help us measure changing practices in PhD programs since the turn of the twenty-first century and provide baseline data for future assessments of the impacts of COVID-19 on graduate education in the discipline. 

Who may take the survey?
Any graduate student currently enrolled in a MA or PhD program in a history department is welcome and encouraged to take this survey. This includes MA and PhD students in history and/or public history programs, as well as history students enrolled in dual degree programs (e.g., MA/MLIS, MA/MAT, MA/professional certificate).

How the survey benefits participants
The survey will provide data essential to the AHA’s work as an advocate for graduate education and its efforts to serve students, faculty, and other members of the historical community. The AHA will also publish aggregate and anonymized survey data, which will help departments make decisions about the direction of their graduate programs and assess their curriculum relative to their peers and the discipline as a whole. 

Will my responses be kept anonymous?
Yes, responses to the student survey will remain anonymous. The AHA will publish only aggregated and anonymized data from the survey.

Will faculty have access to student responses from their university?
Yes, faculty will have access to anonymous, aggregated responses from the students in their department, as long as student privacy can be preserved. The AHA reserves the right to provide departments with partial responses to some sensitive questions in order to preserve student anonymity.

Please direct any questions about the survey to Hope Shannon (hshannon@historians.org).
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