Master of Arts in History

The Department of History offers a Master of Arts degree, with an integrated Bachelors of Arts/Master of Arts degree program option.

Admission Requirements, Retention and Termination Standards

To be admitted to this 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 2.7 or higher.

Admission Deadlines. For the traditional M.A., students wishing to begin their studies in the fall term must apply no later than July 15. For spring semester admission the deadline is November 1.

Required Courses

  • HST 600 - Historiography 3(3-0)
  • In addition to HST 600, twenty (20) or more hours in history, with fifteen (15) hours in courses at or above the 600 level.
  • Ten (10) or fewer cognate hours selected with an advisor from one or more of the following fields: anthropology, economics, education, English, geography, philosophy, political science, religion, and sociology. Other fields may be approved by the advisor.
  • At least one history colloquium at the 600 level (HST 690 will not satisfy this requirement).

Additional Requirements

A minimum of six hours of history research and writing courses earned in one of the following ways:

Plan A - Thesis

A thesis, including an oral examination in the field of the thesis.

Plan B - Seminars

Either (1) two seminars or (2) one seminar and three hours in HST 791. Students electing Plan B must submit two research papers as evidence of scholarship. These papers must be prepared in connection with a seminar, an independent research course, or a graduate-level course in the Department of History. Each paper must receive a minimum grade of B. In addition, normally after revision, each must be accepted by the professor responsible for the course as satisfactory for permanent filing. Papers must be well written and presented in a proper scholarly format. Their conclusions must rest on interpretation of a substantial body of primary sources. A minimum 6,000 words is suggested.

Total: 30 Semester Hours

For more information regarding applications and funding opportunities, including university and department fellowships and assistantships, please see the department's graduate funding page.

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