Department of History Graduate Program Admission and Graduation Requirements

 

Department Admission Requirements:

1. Applicants must satisfy all admission requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies.

2. Applicants should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher for admittance to the History Department.  Applicants with a GPA of less than 3.0 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

3. Applicants must submit three (3) letters of recommendation to the History Department.

4. All Applicants must submit a 1 ½ – 2 page Statement of Purpose to the History Department describing why they are seeking a graduate degree in history, their research and writing experience, and what they desire to study. 

5. Applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are encouraged to submit a writing sample (an academic paper written for an undergraduate course or publication) to the History Department to strengthen their application but are not required to do so.   Applicants with a GPA of less than 3.0 are required to submit a writing sample.

Transfer of Credits:

Up to nine semester hours of credits in significantly related courses from other colleges and universities may be accepted toward the M.A. Degree in History. The earned credits must be from a graduate history program at an accredited institution of higher learning.

M.A. Degree Requirements:

The M.A. Degree in History is a 36 hour program with a thesis and non-thesis option.

1. Required Courses – History 545 (Historical Criticism and Historiography) and History 546 (Historical Research).

2. The thesis option requires 30 hours of course work, 6 hours of research (History 590), and the completion of the thesis for graduation.  The non-thesis option requires 33 hours of course work, 3 hours of research (History 590), and the completion of a research project for graduation.  Only 6 course hours may be taken in another discipline.  All outside courses taken must be relevant to the student’s historical studies or research.  The department chair and the graduate advisor must approve of the outside courses and should be consulted before any such courses are taken.

3. A student who has demonstrated some academic deficiencies and is provisionally admitted to the graduate program may be asked to take an undergraduate course(s) or to enroll in a structured remedial program. In this way, the Department increases the likelihood of the student successfully completing the program and receiving the Master of Arts degree.  These course hours are not included in the 36 hours required for the program.

4. An M.A. student must take the Graduate English Competency Exam in the first semester of the program.  If the student does not pass the exam, he or she must complete English 500 the following semester.

5. A written Comprehensive Examination is required for completion of the M.A. degree in History. The written examination is given at the time designated by the Graduate School.  Students are eligible to take the exam after completing 24 hours of course work.

6. Thesis-option degree candidates must complete at least 6 hours of History 590.  After completing 18 hours of coursework (which must include History 545 and 546) and submitting the Degree Plan and Committee Approval forms, thesis degree candidates may register for 3 hours of History 590.  After completing 27 total hours, thesis degree candidates may register for an additional 3 hours of History 590.  If the thesis is not completed after the initial six hours, the student must register for 1 hour of History 590 each semester until all degree requirements have been satisfied.

7. Non-thesis-option degree candidates must complete at least 3 hours of History 590.  After completing 18 hours of coursework (which must include History 545 and 546) and submitting the Degree Plan and Committee Approval forms, non-thesis degree candidates may register for 3 hours of History 590.  If the research project is not completed after taking 36 total hours in the program, a student will need to register for 1 hour of History 590 each semester until all degree requirements have been satisfied. 

8. A degree candidate must complete either a thesis or research project within two years after passing the Graduate Comprehensive Examination.

Thesis Option Course Plan:
HIST 545: 3
HIST 546: 3

Elective Courses: 24

HIST 590: 6

Total Hours: 36

Non-Thesis Option Course Plan:
HIST 545: 3
HIST 546: 3

Elective Courses: 27

HIST 590: 3

Total Hours: 36