Graduate Program

Admission Requirements

The Master of Arts in History is available to all qualified students. Applicants for the Master of Arts in History must have earned a minimum of 18 s.h. of History and an undergraduate quality point average in History courses of a least 3.0 as well as an overall undergraduate quality point average of at least 2.85. Others may be conditionally admitted pending departmental approval. For additional admissions information refer to the Admission Requirements section.

Degree Requirements

General Requirements

  1. All students must take Hist 501, 502, 503, 505, 506, 507, and 520.
  2. All students must take at least two seminars (600 level).
  3. With prior written approval from the graduate coordinator, a student may take up to six hours of related non-history courses.
  4. For admission to degree candidacy, upon completion of 9 s.h. in history, but before the completion of 12 s.h.,  all students are required to take a qualifying examination. Two field examiners plus one additional faculty member will conduct an oral examination based upon previously written answers.

Thesis Option - 36 s.h.

Students who elect to write a thesis must register for Hist. 699 and successfully defend an approved thesis based on original research. Additionally 6 s.h. of electives are required.

Non-Thesis Option - 36 s.h.

Students who elect not to write a thesis are required to take an additional 12 s.h. of electives, of which at least 3 s.h. must be a 600 level history course.

The History Department requires that all students enrolled in the M. A. program maintain the level of academic progress described in the Admissions Requirement section. In addition to University requirements, beginning with the Fall 1995 semester, any student entering the History graduate program who receives a second C in his/her degreee program is automatically suspended from the program. A student suspended on this basis must petition the Department's Chairperson and graduate faculty for reinstatement.

Course Descriptions

For current course descriptions and additional information, please consult the Graduate Catalog (PDF).