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Following your passion for history

The history graduate program is a 30-hour program that can be completed in one-and-a-half years if full-time student status is maintained. For new students, the graduate program begins in the fall semester, though special accommodations may be made. Most of the graduate-level courses in the department of history are offered online, in the evenings or in a blended format, providing flexibility for working professionals.

The Master of Arts in History offers three track options:

Regardless of which track you select, you must choose one of two options to fulfill the graduate research requirement:

  • Thesis: This option requires that you complete a written thesis and oral presentation of your research to graduate. A thesis typically includes extensive research and analysis on a historical topic of interest.
  • Seminar: The seminar option requires the completion of a seminar paper and oral presentation of your research to graduate.

Forms necessary for successfully completing your seminar or thesis can be accessed on the departmental forms page.

In addition to completing a thesis or seminar paper, all history graduate students must pass a comprehensive exam. Written exams will be taken after course work is completed. An oral exam will be taken after the approval of the research requirement.