Are you considering a master's or doctoral degree in History? The decision to pursue graduate study is complex one that is part emotional and part rational. The emotional side of the equation is powerful. The pride of becoming the first in your family to earn a graduate degree, being called "Doctor," and living a life of the mind are all tempting rewards. However the decision of whether to apply to graduate programs in History also entails pragmatic considerations, including funding and career options. In a difficult economic climate, the question becomes even more perplexing.