Academic Catalog

History (M.A.)

The M.A. in History is an academic degree for students who want to teach history at the secondary school level, who are considering pursuing a doctorate, who want to conduct independent research, or who are lifelong learners with an interest in historical scholarship. The M.A. degree can be completed in two years of full-time study,

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. Earning a graduate degree is an undertaking which requires a considerable commitment of time and financial resources. The Department of History expects applicants to its graduate program to arrive well-prepared to undertake a rigorous course of study.

The department normally considers only applicants whose undergraduate grade point average is at least 3.00 overall and at least 3.25 in a minimum of eighteen semester credits in history and related subjects at the advanced undergraduate level. Applicants should have or be in the process of acquiring relevant foreign language preparation to enter the area in which they wish to study. The department requires that all applicants submit a statement of purpose, a writing sample, two letters of recommendation from former instructors, a resume or curriculum vitae, and copies of transcripts from each college or university previously attended. Please consult the Department of History graduate handbook for detailed instructions for preparing application materials.

Application deadlines are October 15 (for Winter admission), January 15 (for Fall admission with funding consideration), and April 15 (for Fall admission without funding consideration).

Our M.A. students may write a thesis (Plan A) or essay (Plan B), and the degree requirements are slightly different depending on the path they choose. Both are detailed below.  

M.A. in History (Plan A/Thesis) 

(30 credits, 22 in regular coursework and 8 in thesis credits)

HIS 7830Methods and Research in History3
HIS 7832History Practicum3
HIS 8999Master's Thesis Research and Direction8
At least three (3) courses in an M.A. field (U.S., Europe, World); HIS 7990, Directed Study, may only count toward the three courses if taken for three (3) or more credits
At least two (2) 8000-level seminars, at least one which is in the M.A. field
No more than two (2) courses may be taken at the 5000- or 6000-level without permission of the advisor and DGS (granted by their signatures on the Plan of Work); 5000- and 6000-level courses must be offered for graduate credit to count toward the M.A. degree

MA in History (Plan B/Essay) 

(30 credits, 27 in regular coursework, 3 in essay credits)

HIS 7830Methods and Research in History3
HIS 7832History Practicum3
HIS 7999Master's Essay Direction3
At least three (3) courses in an M.A. field (U.S., Europe, World); HIS 7990, Directed Study, may only count toward the three courses if taken for three (3) or more credits
At least two (2) 8000-level seminars, at least one which is in the M.A. field
No more than two (2) courses may be taken at the 5000- or 6000-level without permission of the advisor and DGS (granted by their signatures on the Plan of Work); 5000- and 6000-level courses must be offered for graduate credit to count toward the M.A. degree
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