How to Apply
The History Department has very limited support for MA students. Please inquire with the MA Graduate Advisor for current availability. Students interested in learning more about University-wide financial Aid should consult the appropriate offices in Davis Hall.
In addition, the George Wolfskill Award annually recognizes student academic excellence in the M. A. History program.
Competency in one foreign language is required to obtain the Master's degree. Both the Thesis and Non-Thesis programs require the completion of this foreign language requirement for graduation.
The Language requirement can be satisfied in one of three ways:
1. Completion of four semesters of college credit in an approved language with a grade of "C" or higher.
The Modern Languages Department offers a course (5301) to prepare students to take a reading comprehension exam. This one semester course, usually taught during the summer, is designed to give students with no previous background in a language the ability to read that language at the level of comprehension necessary to pass a reading exam. At the end of this course, the instructor administers a test which satisfies the language requirement.
Students wishing further information on this course should contact the Modern Languages Department
In compliance with HB 1641, the History Department does not assign a specific weight to any one factor being considered, and does not use standardized tests (i.e., the GRE) in the admissions or competitive fellowship or scholarship process as the sole criterion for consideration or as the primary criterion to end consideration of an applicant to either the M.A. or Ph.D. program. However, the GRE is required and used as a criterion, without specific weight, in the Department's evaluation of candidates for admission to programs at each of three levels: Unconditional, Provisional, and Probationary Admission. The Department wishes to be as thorough and fair as possible in evaluating applicants for admission. It recognizes that some applicants may appear to be stronger according to some criteria than according to other criteria. When an applicant does not completely meet the minimum expectations for Unconditional Admission, the Department may consider the applicant for possible Provisional or Probationary Admission. When the applicant is not granted any of the three levels of admission, the decision may be deferred or the application is denied. We do not wish to exclude a qualified and potentially successful candidate who perhaps has approached but not met all the criteria completely. However, we do not wish to admit candidates who, based on the criteria, are deemed to have a poor chance of successfully completing the graduate program.
• Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (as calculated by the Graduate School) in the last 60 credit hours in the course of completing a B.A. degree in History (or an appropriate other field) from an accredited institution (verified by official transcripts from each college or university previously attended sent directly from the registrar of that institution to Graduate Admissions).
The Graduate School has very clear and firm policies governing the GRE. Every student should be aware of these policies and comply with them.
1. Students cannot enroll in a second semester of courses unless they have taken a GRE in the last five years and unless the scores for that GRE have been received by the Graduate School.
The current MA Graduate Advisor is:
Dr. Stephanie Cole
One of the most important decisions for those MA History students who are not in either the Archives or the Public History Program is whether to take the thesis MA option or the non-thesis MA option.
Early Decision Not Necessary
Which Option is Most Appropriate for Future Ph.D. Prospects?
Which Option is Most Appropriate for a Career in Teaching?
Time to Completion
Experience in the Program is the Key to the Decision
Decision is a Process
Department of History
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