Academic Programs Catalog

College of Social Science

Department of History

Graduate Study
History - Master of Arts

The Master of Arts degree program in history is designed for students who desire a general course of advanced study in the field.
In addition to meeting the requirements of the University and of the College of Social Science, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

Admission to graduate study in the Department of History is primarily to the doctoral program. However, under certain circumstances, the department will consider applications for admission to the Master of Arts in History from students who wish to earn a master’s degree in preparation for the doctoral degree. Please consult with the Departmental Graduate Studies Director if you wish to apply for the Master of Arts in History.

To be considered for admission to the Master of Arts degree program in history, an applicant must:

  1. Have the results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test and the results of the GRE Subject Test in History forwarded to the department.
  2. Submit to the department a term paper that the applicant considers to be a fair representation of his or her ability in research and writing.
  3. Include in the letter required by the college a 500–1000 word statement that addresses the applicant's goals in pursuing a Master of Arts degree program in history.

To be admitted to the program on regular status, an applicant must have:

  1. A baccalaureate degree in history or in another field.
  2. A grade–point average of at least 3.50 for the last two years of undergraduate study.
  3. Completed a minimum of 20 semester credits in history courses with a grade–point average of at least 3.50.
  4. Scores in at least the upper one–quarter on the verbal section of the GRE General Test and on the GRE Subject Test in History.

In addition, an international applicant is required to have fulfilled the university's English language proficiency requirement as described in the Graduate Education section of this catalog in one of the following three ways:

  1. Have a  total score of 580 (paper version) or 237 (computer version) or above on the Test of English as a Foreign Language with no subscore below 55 (paper version) or 21 (computer version) and have the approval of the English Language Center.
  2. Have an average score of 85 or higher on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery with no subscore below 83 and have the approval of the English Language Center.
  3. Have an average score of 85 or higher on the English Language Center Test with no subscore below 83 and have the approval of the English Language Center.

Guidance Committee

Before completing 8 credits in history courses, the student, with the assistance of the Graduate Director, must constitute a guidance committee of at least two faculty members in the Department of History who represent different fields of history.  Until the student's guidance committee has been established, the student's program of study must be approved by the Graduate Director.

Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in History

The program is available under both Plan A (with thesis) and Plan B (without thesis).  A total of 30 credits is required for the degree under either Plan A or Plan B.  The student's program of study must be approved by the student's guidance committee.  The student must meet the requirements specified below:

Requirements for Both Plan A and Plan B

  1. Complete HST 803 Seminar in Methodology of Historical Research (3 credits).
  2. Complete at least 15 credits in 800-900 level history courses including one 3 credit course in historiography relevant to the student’s program of study.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to read historical literature in one foreign language. Credits in courses in foreign language may not be counted toward the requirements for the Master of Arts or Doctor of Philosophy in History degree programs.

Additional Requirements for Plan A

  1. Complete 6 credits of HST 899 Master’s Thesis Research.
  2. Pass a final oral examination that covers the student’s program of study and thesis.

Additional Requirements for Plan B

  1. Pass a certifying examination, consisting of three parts, one testing the major area and two tests in each of the student’s minor areas.

Academic Standards

A student who does not demonstrate a reading knowledge of a foreign language during the first year of enrollment in the program will not be permitted to enroll in any courses with the exception of courses in a foreign language, until that requirement has been satisfied.