History MA Program
The Department of History does not admit students who intend to only seek an MA degree – commonly called a ‘terminal’ MA. Students admitted to the 96-hour doctoral program earn the MA as part of their course of study. The history department offers two paths to complete the Master of Arts degree in history, a thesis or a non-thesis option. An MA candidate who does not already have credit for a modern foreign language (see “Foreign Language Requirement“) must complete the foreign language requirement before receiving the MA degree. Please consult the Graduate Program Brochure for a full explanation of all policies and requirements of the program.
The MA degree, thesis option, requires a minimum of 24 hours of coursework and at least 6 hours of research (History 691). The MA thesis student must take more than one area of specialization, but both areas may be within the department. Ideally, work on a thesis should begin no later than the end of the student’s first year of study. The student must file a thesis proposal, preferably by the completion of the first year of study, and complete an original thesis. Upon completion of the thesis, the student must pass a final oral examination or defense.
The MA degree, non-thesis option, requires a minimum of 36 hours of coursework. A minimum of 21 hours must be taken within the department with at least 9 more hours taken in a supporting field. An MA non-thesis student must have more than one area of specialization, but both may be within history. However, the MA non-thesis student may not use any History 691 (research) hours as part of the degree plan. The student receives the MA degree upon completion of the required coursework and passing comprehensive written and oral examinations.