M.A. in History

All students seeking admission to graduate study are required to provide a cover letter, transcripts, three academic letters of recommendation, a writing sample, and a statement of research interests. The applicant’s research interests should correlate to the expertise of the history department faculty. In addition, students whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL scores. For additional information, see the History Department’s graduate handbook, the departmental website, or contact the director of graduate studies.

The History program reviews applications in February for students to begin studies during the fall semester. The deadline for applications for admission with financial aid is January 30th. However, the College of Graduate Studies accepts applications throughout the year.

The student may earn the M.A. degree on a thesis or non-thesis track by completing either 30 graduate credits plus an additional 6 hours in thesis credits; or 36 graduate credits with an examination at the end of the second year of study. The choice between the two options should be made no later than the second semester of study. The student must maintain a B average, or better, in all graduate work. Each candidate for the M.A. degree must pass the following courses.

HIST 6600Historiography3
HIST 6930Seminar (Two seminars with this course number)3
HIST 6950Workshops (Highly recommended)3
  • PLO 1: Analyze current historical literature in chosen field of study.
  • PLO 2: Compose a clear historical argument supported by adequate evidence.
  • PLO 3: Develop aptitude with electronic research tools and source investigation (such as archival investigation and location of primary sources).
  • PLO 4: Write according to disciplinary standards.