Master of Arts in History


The Master of Arts in History degree program is designed both for individuals wishing to enhance their knowledge of the past and the skills required to study it, and for those intending to pursue a doctorate in a related field. Students seeking the MA in History may thus elect a professional option or a research option. Students with plans for doctoral study should choose the research option. The research option requires students to demonstrate proficiency in an approved foreign language and to complete a thesis.

History is an interdisciplinary form of study. Besides coursework in History, all students must take two seminars each in both Literature and Visual and Performing Arts.

Career Options

Graduates of the program seek positions such as: teacher/educator; historian; historical site/museum administrator; researcher, cultural resources manager, writer/editor, documentary editor/producer, records manager/archivist, information manager/librarian, public policy administrator, legal administrator and manager for public and private historical organizations. Career settings may include higher education, non-profits, cultural and historical organizations, government agencies, international development organizations, museums and archives, business/corporate entities and independent consulting.

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: Normally students applying for admission to the Graduate Program in History should have a previous degree (BA or BS) in history or related disciplines and a grade point average of 3.3 (especially in upper-division undergraduate work).

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.