Master of Arts in History
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Master of Arts in History

The Department of History & Philosophy offers two options for pursuing a Master of Arts degree in History – a non-thesis option requiring 30 hours, and a thesis option requiring 36 hours. Both options require the student choose a Guided Elective Primary and a Secondary Field. The student must choose from three options for their fields – Military History, U.S. History, or World History.

Students must take the following core courses:

  1. HIST 5001 Research Methods
  2. HIST 5043 Historiography
  3. HIST 5029 Graduate Seminar

Students must take 12 or 15 hours in their Primary Field and a corresponding 6 or 9 hours in their Secondary Field. 

If a student pursues the Thesis option, they will need to complete 6 hours of Thesis Research, either two sections of HIST 5024 in succeeding semesters, or one section of HIST 5030 in one semester.

After completing the coursework, the student will take their Comprehensive Examinations and/or Thesis Defense. More detail of these exams and the thesis defense can be found in the Graduate Student Handbook.

Graduate Coordinator
Dr. David Snyder
Department of History and Philosophy website

Admission Requirements

Required Application Materials

International Admission Requirements

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Admission Status

Regular Admission will be granted to applicants who have met all entrance requirements. To be granted conditional admission, unofficial transcripts and entrance exam scores may be submitted until the official documents are received by Graduate Admissions. If official documents are not received as prescribed in the current Graduate Bulletin all classes will be dropped. Denied admission status will be granted to applicants who do not meet the regular or conditional criteria for admission to the program.