Master of Arts (MA)

Possible routes to the MA

(for students entering the program in the Fall of 2013 or before - students entering the program in the Fall of 2014 or later should see the revised program requirements here)

  1. Eight course credits distributed as follows. This route will normally take one academic year:
    • At least four credits must be at the 2000 level. At least three of those four graduate credits must be fulfilled through coursework in the History Department.
    • A maximum of two of the eight credits may be taken outside the Department, provided the student presents a coherent program.
    • Students should designate a thematic, geographical, or chronological focus for their studies. At least two of the eight credits are to be fulfilled through courses in that area. A maximum of one of these two credits may be taken outside the Department, subject to approval.
  2. Eight course credits in accordance with the distribution described in #1 above, plus the writing of an MA thesis. This route will normally take more than one academic year.
  3. For those students enrolled in the PhD program, satisfactory completion of the first year of study.

It is strongly recommended that those students considering writing an MA thesis or applying to a PhD program take a thematic seminar in History.

Seminars should be taken with at least two different instructors. All courses must be completed with grades of B or better for the student to receive graduate credit. There is no foreign language requirement for the master's degree.