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Full details about the Summer Intensive, including application instructions, accommodations, and program activities outside the classroom, will be posted here as soon as they are finalized.

Questions about the program can be directed to Dr. Kathleen Donohue, Director of Graduate Studies.


The Summer Intensive MA offers students a way to complete the requirements for the Master of Arts degree by taking courses in the summer. 

Students with no prior coursework at the Masters level can complete the degree in two summers by doing some course work during the academic year.

Students who have completed masters-level coursework at another institution may transfer up to 15 approved hours of credit, completing the remaining 15 hours through CMU.

In order to enroll in courses offered during the Summer Intensive, students must be admitted to the Master of Arts in History.

Required Courses

1. Thirty (30) hours of graduate coursework, including HST 600. 

2. HST 600 - Historiography 3(3-0)

3. At least eighteen (18) hours of coursework must be completed at or above the 600 level. At least twenty (20) hours must be completed in history courses.

4. Ten (10) or fewer cognate hours may be 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.

5. At least two history colloquia at the 600 level (HST 690 will not satisfy this requirement). 

Additional Requirements

A minimum of 6 hours of history research and writing courses earned in one of the following ways:

1.      Plan A - Thesis

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

2.      Plan B - Seminars

Either (1) two seminars or (2) one seminar and 3 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 ling. 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.

Completing Coursework through the Summer Intensive

During the Summer Intensive MA, students will typically take two 600-level colloquia and one 500-level elective.  They will work on their 700-level research seminars during the academic year in close consultation through email with the faculty member teaching this course.  Students who do not have transfer credit may complete the final six hours in one of three ways: 1) they can attend the Summer Intensive for a third year, 2) they can sign up for two online courses, or 3) they can take two courses at their home institution and transfer that credit back to CMU.  Students choosing the third option should check with the Department of History before enrolling in classes to make sure that the credits will indeed transfer.