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The master's degree in history provides students the opportunity to study a broad range of themes and geographical areas. Students are encouraged to develop a broad knowledge of the human past, as well as in-depth knowledge of areas and topics of special interest to them.  This degree program is designed to promote professional development, critical thinking, civic skills and awareness and understanding of diverse cultures.

Courses You'll Take

As a history major, you will be trained to formulate research of your own, under the direction of a faculty member, and you will be trained to complete that work on your own terms. You will hone your skills in written and oral articulation of your work. You will be given the opportunity to express yourself and will have the opportunity to formulate a historical question, assess the feasibility of the project and work it through from start to finish.

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Requirements for Admission

  • Online application for admission 
  • One-page cover letter (statement of interest) explaining why the applicant wishes to pursue an M.A. in history.
  • Writing sample (research paper or seminar paper) demonstrating adequate research ability as determined by the graduate program director and the chairperson of the Department of History and Geography. If the paper does not demonstrate adequate research ability, the student may be required to enroll in Historical Research 3113. 
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts from each institution attended with all degrees posted. All transcripts must be from accredited institutions. Undergraduate transcripts must show: 
    • A minimum 2.75 GPA overall or 3.00 GPA in the last 60 hours attempted.
    • Complete 18 undergraduate hours in history with a GPA of 3.0. 
    • Complete HIST 3113 Historical Research with a minimum grade of “B” or be able to demonstrate research ability as determined by the graduate program director and the chairperson of the Department of History and Geography. HIST 3113 may count as part of the 18 undergraduate hours in History.
  • The Graduate Records Examination (GRE) may be used for admission if the undergraduate GPA does not meet the minimum required. A score of 150 on the verbal portion and 4.0 on the writing assessment is required. 
  • Complete other prerequisites (if any) as determined by the graduate program director. 
  • Students with a native language other than English must submit evidence of English language proficiency. 
    *Students falling below these standards may qualify for conditional admission.


  • Public policy
  • Regional planning
  • City or town management
  • Legislative, executive or judicial service

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