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History MA – Frequently Asked Questions

1. How quickly can I graduate from the program?
2. Can I keep my full-time (day time) job and still be a grad student?
3. What are the admission requirements?
4. When is the application due?
5. Are there any assistantships I can apply for?
6. What are the two tracks?
7. How does the program work?

How quickly can I graduate from the program?
The answer to this question really depends on how much time you have available. The program is designed so that you can graduate in two years. We have had full-time students complete the program more quickly as well as part-time students, who have only been able to take one course a semester, who have taken longer to complete.

Can I keep my full-time (day time) job and still be a grad student?
Yes. We have two types of graduate classes: 5000 (upper division undergraduate lectures where grad students have their workload supplemented) and 6000 (graduate seminars). The 6000 courses typically meet one night a week for three hours. The 5000 courses tend to be daytime courses, although there are some that either meet late in the day or once a week at night.

What are the admission requirements?
Applicants must have achieved a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.70 on a scale of 4.00 or at least a 3.00 in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate study. In addition to this minimum graduate school requirement, applicants need a minimum of 12 undergraduate history hours (with a minimum 3.0 gpa for those courses). The department requires GRE scores along with the application and recommends minimum GRE scores of 153 verbal and 4.0 analytical writing. Applicants are also asked to supply a formal personal statement and a writing sample. Lastly, the applicant is asked to provide two letters of recommendation and a CV (academic resume).

When is the application due?
The graduate school and department has set October 1 for Spring and March 1 for Fall admission as preferred application dates. Applications received after these deadlines will be processed.

How does the program work?
This program requires thirty hours to graduate. Students choose a major field and a minor field from three areas: Europe, Non-West, and United States. They take twelve hours of coursework in the major field and six hours in the minor field. There are two required classes: 6300 (Historiography and Methods offered every fall) and 6371 (Research in History offered every other spring). The remaining six hours are elective hours and may be earned from any field. Lastly, of the thirty hours total needed to graduate, eighteen hours need to be at the 6000 level.

What are the two tracks?
This program is structured to meet the needs of two types of graduate students: those who wish to continue their graduate studies in a Ph.D. program and those who wish to complete their graduate studies with a M.A. As such, we have developed two tracks: thesis track and non-thesis track to meet the above students’ needs respectively. Thesis-track students will write a thesis as the culmination of their M.A. coursework. These students must show proficiency in a foreign language, as most Ph.D. programs require proficiency in two foreign languages, and must have a 3.5 gpa at the time they enroll in HIST 6301. Non-thesis track students do not write a thesis. Both tracks take comprehensive exams at the end of their coursework.

Are there any assistanceships I can apply for?
The department currently employs three Graduate Assistants (GAs). The application is available on the Graduate School website. GA responsibilities include tutoring, grading, proctoring exams, and filling in for faculty who are away. There are also GA positions in other departments on campus for which you can apply.