Degrees offered

Master of Arts

Plan I: M.A. Thesis Track 

Plan I has a teaching and research focus, and requires the completion of a thesis. Students who are considering continuation of their graduate work in history beyond the M.A. degree should select this option if they are not ready to commit to a Ph.D. program.  Reading knowledge in at least one foreign language is required (specific requirements beyond one language are determined by the student’s particular research agenda).  Learn more

Plan II: M.A. Non-Thesis Track

Plan II is designed for students who desire advanced preparation in History (especially teachers seeking to strengthen their mastery of their subject fields), but who do not expect to pursue work toward a Ph.D., and who do not wish to take advanced training in historical research.  There is no foreign language requirement for this track. Learn more

Plan III: Public History Thesis Track

The Public History M.A. degree is designed for students who intend to pursue careers in such fields of public history as institutional history, cultural resources management, historical policy and analysis, community history, historical editing, historical archives and records management, and the creation, interpretation, and management of historical exhibits.  Many students in Plan III will work toward the M.A. as a terminal degree, but some may choose to pursue the Ph.D. Reading knowledge in at least one foreign language is required (specific requirements beyond one language are determined by the student’s particular research agenda). After consultation with the student’s advisor and/or the Public History Coordinator, public history students can petition the Director of Graduate Studies to replace the language requirement with a quantitative option—two graduate-level courses—from a list of courses approved by the History Department. Students must receive a B or better in each of the courses. Learn more

Plan IV: Public History Non-Thesis Track

This Public History degree serves students who are not interested in the research training contained in the Plan III track. It is for students who want more coursework in lieu of the requirement for writing a thesis. Plan IV matches Plan II track in credit hours and omits, like Plan II, the language requirement. Learn more

Doctor of Philosophy

B.A. to Ph.D. Track

The Ph.D. Program is designed to provide the training necessary for careers in college teaching and historical research. Some students also may wish to pursue the Ph.D. for careers in a variety of public history or applied history fields. We have designed a program that offers both breadth of study and specificity of content resulting in placement of graduates in teaching jobs and other positions in a variety of colleges, universities, institutions, and agencies across the country. This track is designed for students who have earned a B.A. in history or a related discipline. Reading knowledge in at least one foreign language is required (specific requirements beyond one language are determined by the student’s particular research agenda). Learn more

M.A. to Ph.D. Track

The Department of History offers a separate curriculum plan for graduate students who have earned an M.A. in history or a related discipline. Reading knowledge in at least one foreign language is required (specific requirements beyond one language are determined by the student’s particular research agenda). Learn more

Reclassification as a Ph.D. Student

Students who enter the department as M.A. students (any track) but who wish to switch to the B.A. to Ph.D. track after completing 18 hours of graduate coursework in History must make a formal request to the Graduate Committee. Requirements for reclassification as a Ph.D. student include a GPA of 3.75, a letter explaining why the candidate wishes to undertake doctoral studies, and a letter of support from the prospective dissertation advisor.

For a complete description of all program requirements and policies, please download a pdf of the Graduate Student Handbook. The material on this website constitutes a brief introduction to the program and a full description of the application process.