Graduate Programs

Graduate students represent both the future of higher education and the emerging research leaders in their fields. To promote and sustain the study of constitutional democracy not only at the University of Missouri but on campuses around the globe, the Kinder Institute has a number of programs in place to support the scholarly work and professional development of talented graduate students in the Departments of History and Political Science.

M.A. in Atlantic History & Politics

The Kinder Institute’s one-year M.A. in Atlantic History and Politics, which examines the connections and conflicts among the diverse peoples of the Atlantic basin, including the Americas, Africa, and Europe, will officially launch in Fall 2020. We will begin reviewing applications for the 2021-2022 M.A. cohort in early January.

The M.A. covers a broad sweep of time, from the dawn of European empires through the age of revolutions and the more recent “American century,” and situates the development of modern nation-states, including the United States, in relation to the broader exchange of ideas, goods, and power across the Atlantic world. Starting in July 2021, the program will begin with a month of study at Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford, after which students will return to Columbia for the fall and spring semesters to complete the remaining 21 of the degree’s required 30 credit hours of coursework.


J.D./M.A. in Atlantic History & Politics Dual Degree

The MU College of Arts & Science, Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy, and MU School of Law offer an integrated program in which students may obtain both an M.A. degree in Atlantic History & Politics and a J.D. degree from the School of Law.

Students who enroll in the J.D./M.A. in Atlantic History & Politics Dual Degree program will enjoy the strengths of two outstanding programs at the University of Missouri. The School of Law offers students rigorous study in the theory and practice of law, with a student-faculty ratio that provides multiple opportunities for faculty engagement, while the M.A. allows students to examine the connections and conflicts among the diverse peoples of the Atlantic basin, including the Americas, Africa, and Europe, from the dawn of European empires, through the age of nation-states, and into the more recent “American Century.” The M.A. also includes a monthlong study abroad program at University of Oxford (Corpus Christi College), through which students earn either the first or final nine credit hours required to complete the degree.


Ph.D. and M.A. Fellowships

The Institute seeks to establish a thriving community of graduate researchers in history and political science whose work transcends disciplinary boundaries in advancing the study of American political thought, history, and institutions, with particular focus on the ideas and events of the American founding, and their continued impact and relevance to both domestic and global politics. To support this endeavor, we offer graduate fellowships for incoming M.A. and Ph.D. candidates, as well as current doctoral students in the MU Departments of History and Political Science.


Research & Travel Grants

As a way to advance scholarship on American political thought and history, the Kinder Institute sponsors a program of research and travel grants for members of the MU academic community whose work focuses on the philosophical foundations and historical origins of the nation’s constitutional and democratic traditions, as well as the evolution, application, and reinterpretation of these traditions in later periods and around the globe. Faculty and graduate students from across all departments at the university are eligible to apply for Kinder Institute research and travel grants, which are traditionally awarded twice per academic year, in October and March, funds permitting.

Applications for Fall 2020 research and travel funding from the Kinder Institute are now closed. The awards cycle for Spring 2021 will open in January.


Seminars & Conferences

In addition to graduate coursework, the Kinder Institute offers M.A. and Ph.D. candidates with myriad opportunities to share research with leading faculty in their fields and to start building interdisciplinary professional networks, including through presentations at Kinder Institute-sponsored conferences and seminars. Graduate students will also occasionally have opportunities to apply for funded conference organization assistantships.