The MA in history is a 30-hour program designed to be completed in three terms if students enroll full-time. Most classes are offered in the evenings and meet once a week in three-hour slots. Students work closely with a faculty advisor in their historical field to craft a unique course of study, and there are possibilities for significant interdisciplinary work in cognate fields. Although the program does not require international study, M.A. students can take advantage of the department's emphasis on transnational and comparative history, building on the resources that support its Joint M.A./Ph.D. program. These include specialized courses in transnational history as well as close relationships with international students and faculty from our partner universities.
Program DescriptionThe Joint M.A./Ph.D. program is designed to give students opportunities for directed research and study in a truly comparative and transnational environment. Students will study at CMU in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, and will study abroad at one of our partner institutions.
- University of Strathclyde (Scotland)
- Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena (Germany)
- Erasmus University Rotterdam (the Netherlands)
- Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla (Mexico)
- Newcastle University (United Kingdom)
The master's program curriculum centers on traditional fields of historical concentration with international emphasis and requires course work and research that are transnational and comparative. The doctoral program requires two major fields of study or one major field plus two minor fields.
Whether at the master's or doctoral level, faculty work closely with students and mentor them through their research and publication endeavors.
Research Opportunities and Assistantships
Teaching assistantships in history are awarded on a competitive basis to students with outstanding academic records who are enrolled full-time in the program. Based on twenty hours of teaching, or teaching-related work per week, the funding package includes a stipend, a tuition wiaver for up to 20 credit hours per year and remission of most course-related fees.
Admission to the history program requires:
- a bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited university;
- a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0; and
- a statement of purpose.
For admission in the fall term, applications must be received by July 15. For spring term admission the deadline is November 1. Students who wish to apply for an assistantship should complete an additional application form, available on the
graduate funding page of the department website.
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All MA students are required to demonstrate excellence in historical research and writing, for which the primary evidence is the writing of an MA thesis (Plan A) or two major research papers (Plan B). For full details on these and other graduation requirements, applicants are encouraged to consult the department's