Jun 05, 2020  
2018-2019 Graduate Bulletin 
2018-2019 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

History, Non-Thesis Track, M.A.

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See also History, Thesis Track, M.A.  


Applicants must fulfill the following requirements for admission to the M.A. program in history:

  • At least 30 credit hours of acceptable undergraduate history courses, including at least 12 hours of work at the junior and senior level and sufficient courses to provide a basic understanding of American and European history;
  • A 3.0 grade point average in all undergraduate work and a 3.0 average in undergraduate history courses; and
  • Acceptable scores on the General Tests of the Graduate Record Examination.

Applicants must submit a Graduate School application, GRE scores, a writing sample, and three letters of recommendation to the Graduate School.

Students who are deficient in history credits but meet grade-point requirements may be admitted on a conditional basis.

There is no deadline for admission to the M.A. program in history. Students may apply throughout the year.

Curriculum Requirements

Students enrolled in the non-thesis track must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours of graduate course work with a grade point average of not less than 3.0. No more than 15 credit hours of 6000-level coursework may be applied toward the degree. Students admitted with deficiencies in undergraduate history credits may be required to take up to 9 hours of upper-level undergraduate history courses in addition to the specified degree requirements.

Students may elect one of the following primary fields: European history; United States’ history; or comparative history, a thematic field defined by the advisor and relevant faculty.

With the assistance of a faculty committee, students will present a public lecture on a particular historical moment or issue in the last semester of graduate work.

Major Field of Concentration (18 hours)

Courses must include one research seminar.

Coursework Outside the Major Field (6 hours)

Courses may be in history, the humanities, social sciences, or law.

Additional Coursework in History (12 hours)

Total: 36 hours