Program Description

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.

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 Requirements

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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Graduation Requirements

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 MA handbook

For More Information

Kathleen Donohue
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of History
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