Master of Arts in History

Requirements for Admission to the Program:

Applicants must fulfill the general requirements for admission to the Graduate College. In addition, they must have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours in undergraduate history. (Those who do not meet this requirement may petition the Department’s Graduate Advisor in writing for admission.) Applicants must also submit to the Graduate Advisor a graded paper written for an upper division, undergraduate course, preferably in history. (Those who cannot meet this requirement may also petition the Graduate Advisor in writing for admission.) The Department recommends prospective applicants meet with the Graduate Advisor for assistance in planning their graduate program.

Requirements for the Degree:

For students admitted to Master’s Programs for the Fall 1997 semester and thereafter, all graduate credits must be at the 400 level, except for a limited number of 300 level courses specifically approved for graduate degree credits in a given Master’s degree program. Departments may permit students to apply up to three of these 300 level courses, to a maximum of ten credit hours, to fulfill program requirements. This policy applies to all students entering graduate degree programs beginning with Fall 1997. Consult with your program advisor or the Graduate College for details.

Students have the choice between two options.

Thesis Option

Required Courses
HIST-401Historiography And Historical Method3
Select seven graduate-level history electives (2 may be in related fields) chosen in consultation with the Graduate Advisor21
Select two graduate research seminars6
Thesis Hours - a total of six hours from 5901, 5902, 59036
Total Hours36

NOTE: Students must pass

  1. a written comprehensive examination covering material from their courses and
  2. an oral thesis defense examination.

Non-Thesis Option

HIST-401Historiography And Historical Method3
Select seven graduate-level history electives chosen in consultation with the graduate advisor21
Select two electives in history or another relevant field chosen in consultation with the graduate advisor6
Select two graduate research seminars6
Total Hours36

NOTE: Students must pass a final comprehensive examination covering the course work.