Master of Arts in History

Program Description

The M.A. 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.

Our Semester-Abroad Track gives students the opportunity to study history for a semester in Germany or France. Even students who choose not to go abroad, can take advantage of the department's emphasis on transnational and comparative history, building on the resources that support the 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.

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 Requirements

To be admitted to the Master of Arts program, a student must present 20 or more hours of history or historically oriented courses in related fields with a grade point average in history of 3.0 or higher.

Admission to the Traditional MA Program requires:

  • a bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited university; and
  • a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.

Application Deadline: rolling admissions.
Funding Application Deadlines for the M.A. In History: March 3 (Fall), Nov. 3 (Spring)

Students seeking funding

Students who wish to apply for an assistantship should submit a Funding Application, available on the Department's Funding Website, and a Statement of Purpose. In the  Statement of Purpose, applicants should describe their academic background and preparation including any language preparation, identify the area or areas of history they want to study, and outline their career goals.

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Admission to the Joint PhD Program requires:

  • at least a bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited university;
  • a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.3;
  • a statement of purpose in which you describe your academic background and preparation, including any language preparation, and identify the area or areas o history you want to study;
  • three letters of recommendation; and
  • writing sample
All students admitted to the Joint PhD Program will be awarded a GA position which includes a stipend and tuition waiver.

Applicants to the Joint PhD Program must complete both the university's online application at and the History Department's Joint PhD Program application available on the graduate funding page of the department website.  Both applications must be received by January 3.

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

All Joint PhD applicants will directly work with their faculty mentors/advisors on expectations for graduation.

Career Outlook - MA Program

For More Information
Department's Website (click here)

Kathleen Donohue
Director of Graduate Studies
Central Michigan University
Department of History
Powers 235
Mount Pleasant, MI  48859

(989) 774-4984