History M.A. Program

Admission Requirements

  • Possess a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited college or university.
  • Have demonstrated the potential to successfully pursue graduate study - that is, have attained a minimum undergraduate grade average of B in History courses and a minimum grade average of B- in the undergraduate record as a whole.
  • Have taken a minimum of 18 credits of coursework in History, acceptable to the department.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation.
  • Submit a 1-2 page essay consisting of responses to application-packet questions.
  • Submit a sample of college-level writing.
  • If conditionally admitted, satisfy the conditions within one year.

Degree Requirements

The general requirements for the M.A. Degree in History consist of 36 credits of coursework:

Credits
HIW 533World History and Historiography

3

Or

HIU 534U.S. History and Historiography

3

 

HIS 780Seminar in History

3

HIS 781Advanced Tutorial Project in History

3

HIS 797Master's Thesis Preparation

6

Other graduate-level coursework

Other graduate-level coursework in history, or in other departments with the permission of the History graduate adviser (21 credits).

Comprehensive oral or written examination (0 credits)

Or

Credits
HIW 533World History and Historiography

3

Or

HIU 534U.S. History and Historiography

3

 

HIS 780Seminar in History

3

HIS 781Advanced Tutorial Project in History

3

HIS 796Capstone Project

3

Other graduate-level coursework

Other graduate-level coursework in History, or in other departments with the permission of the History graduate adviser (24 credits).

Comprehensive oral or written examination (0 credits)

After successfully completing 30 credits of coursework with a 3.0 average, candidates for the M.A. degree who plan to write a thesis must pass a comprehensive oral or written examination in two fields. These candidates for the M.A. degree must then present a master's thesis, prepared under the direction of a thesis supervisor from the Department of History and an approved second reader, and accepted by the thesis supervisor.

Students who plan to do a capstone project first must successfully complete 33 credits of course work with a 3.0 average. They then must pass a comprehensive oral or written examination in two fields. These candidates for the M.A. degree must then present an approved capstone project, prepared under the direction of an adviser from the Department of History.