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M.A. Program in History

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 scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • 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:

  • HIS 780 and 781 in the first year (6 credits)
  • Other coursework at the 700-level (24 credits)
  • Comprehensive oral or written examination (0 credits)
  • HIS 797 (master's thesis) (6 credits)

Or

  • HIS 780 and 781 in the first year (6 credits)
  • Other coursework at the 700-level (27 credits)
  • Comprehensive oral or written examination (0 credits)
  • HIS 795 (approved capstone project) (3 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.

Special Track for Secondary School Teachers of Social Studies

Degree Requirements:

The general requirements for the Special Track in History for Secondary School Teachers of Social Studies consist of 36 credits of coursework:

  • HIW 533 and HIU 534 in the first year (6 credits)
  • ESC 533 and ESC 534 in the first year, or acceptable alternative ESC courses for students who have already passed equivalents of these with a minimum grade of B+ (6 credits)
  • HIS 780 and 781 in the second year (6 credits)
  • Other History coursework at the 700-level (12 credits)
  • Comprehensive oral or written examination (0 credits)
  • HIS 797 (master's thesis) (6 credits)

Or:

  • HIW 533 and HIU 534 in the first year (6 credits)
  • ESC 533 and ESC 534 in the first year, or acceptable alternative ESC courses for students who have already passed equivalents of these with a minimum grade of B+ (6 credits)
  • HIS 780 and 781 in the second year (6 credits)
  • Other History coursework at the 700-level (15 credits)
  • Comprehensive oral or written examination (0 credits)
  • HIS 795 (approved capstone project) (3 credits)

Last modified: 11/20/2014