Application and Admission Requirements

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All application material must reach the History Department’s Graduate Director no later than two weeks prior to the beginning of classes for the semester you intend to enroll. Admission decisions are based on evidence of the applicant’s academic and professional potential and the availability of departmental resources.

Admission process

To gain admission for the Master of Arts in History, you must meet the requirements below:

  1. Satisfy all Graduate College admission requirements.
  2. Apply to and be admitted to the Graduate College at Missouri State University.
    A $35 application fee is required.
  3. Submit transcripts to the Missouri State University office of Graduate Admissions, Carrington Hall 308.
  4. Complete the following program entrance requirements.

Entrance requirements 

Applicants must have three letters of recommendation sent by the writer to the History Department Graduate Director.

Applicants must either submit recent (within 5 years) Graduate Record Examination scores (on the general exam, the specific history subject exam not being required) or have a teaching certificate in social studies from a U.S. State or Territory.  All applicants with a GPA below 3.00 on a 4.00 scale must submit recent GRE scores.

Applicants must have 24 undergraduate hours in history (or equivalent).  A graduate student may make up a deficiency with additional courses in history, though such courses may not be counted toward the 30 semester hour total requirement for the master's degree.  Admission will also depend on the quality of the previous academic record. 

Application review

The history department will review all submitted applications and will make admission decisions based on the application form, the recommendation forms, previous coursework, and your GPA and GRE scores. Admission will be granted to qualified students beginning with the highest rankings until all openings in the program have been filled. If you do not meet all standard criteria, you may still be considered for admission to the program based upon compensating factors.

International students

International students must demonstrate proficiency in English by scoring 550 or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Please visit International Student Services for more information.

Submission of application materials

All departmental materials, including the recommendation forms, should be sent to:

Dr. Eric Nelson
Missouri State University
History Department
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897