History, M.A.

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Minimum Total Hours (Thesis): 30

Minimum Total Hours (Non-Thesis): 34

Program Code: M505

Required Courses

Thesis Option

Required Course
HIST 5001Navigating The History Profession1
Core Courses
Choose four courses in the student's major field, one course of which must be a research seminar12
Choose three courses in a minor or comparative field9
HIST 5980Research for Master's Thesis5
Choose one elective course3
Total Credit Hours30

Notes: For thesis students coursework should include at least five graduate seminars (HIST 6200, HIST 6300, HIST 6400, HIST 6700, or HIST 6800; 3 hours each, total of 15); remaining 9 hours may be other graduate courses or directed readings. 9-12 hours of graduate coursework can be substituted for the seminar requirement with the approval of the Graduate Studies Committee.

Non-Thesis Option

Required Course
HIST 5001Navigating The History Profession1
Core Courses
Choose six or seven graduate courses (3 hours each), including one that must be a research seminar in the student's major field18-21
Choose three or four courses in a minor or comparative field9-12
Choose at least one elective course which may be in a cognate field like Education 13-6
Total Credit Hours34

There could be more than one course required if the student elects to take fewer courses in the major or minor history fields. 

General Requirements for all Master's Degrees

The master’s degree requires the equivalent of at least two semesters of satisfactory graduate work and additional work as may be prescribed for the degree.

All coursework applied to the master’s degree must carry graduate credit.

Master’s degree programs which require a thesis consist of at least 30 credit hours. All non-thesis master’s degree programs require at least 30 credit hours.

Credit transferred from other institutions must meet specific criteria and is subject to certain limitations.

Courses completed through correspondence study may not be applied to the master’s degree.

To qualify for a graduate degree, students must achieve an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher in the degree program coursework and in all resident graduate coursework attempted. A student must also have at least a 3.0 in all coursework (including undergraduate coursework if any).

Additional information for master's degree students may be found in the Graduate College Bulletin.