MA in History

Students in classThe program leading to the Master of Arts (MA) in History is designed both for individuals wishing to enhance their knowledge and skills in the study of the past and for those intending to pursue a doctorate in a related field.

MA in History Degree Plan

The program provides students with a flexible, interdisciplinary context within which to pursue their studies, built on connections among specific courses and areas of interest. Each student plans an individual program of studies in consultation with an assigned advisor. All students are required to take HIST 6301: Historiography within their first year of enrollment.

Students seeking the MA in History have two options, a professional option and a research option. Student should declare which option they are pursuing no later than the 27th hour of enrollment.

  • Students pursuing the professional option must complete thirty-six hours of course work, normally all in organized courses.

  • Students pursuing the research option must complete thirty-six hours of course work, demonstrate reading proficiency in an approved foreign language, submit a thesis proposal and have it approved by the Graduate Studies Committee, and successfully complete and defend a master’s thesis. The thesis proposal may not be submitted until the foreign language requirement has been fulfilled. No more than 6 hours of independent studies may be applied to the degree plan.

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Within the Graduate Program in History, most courses are offered within History (HIST) and History of Ideas (HUHI), but students must also take one course in Aesthetic Studies (HUAS) or Studies in Literature (HUSL). A minimum of five courses must be taken in HIST.

To be a full-time student, 9 hours of course work per semester is required; a minimum of 3 hours of course work in one semester is required to remain enrolled in the program.

To have courses taken outside the School of Arts and Humanities applied to one of its degrees, students must seek prior approval from the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. They may also petition to have appropriate transfer courses (courses taken at other institutions) applied to their degree plan.