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Master of Arts in History

Master of Arts in History

  • QS World University Rankings
    651-700
  • Study Level Masters
  • Duration 24 months
The study of history offers a framework for a liberal education and the background that is essential for understanding the contemporary world. Through analyzing interpretive studies, accounts by witnesses to past events, and historical records, students come to appreciate the complexity of human experience. By examining changes in the past, they develop a broad perspective and the ability to weigh evidence and argument. The MA program is typically completed in two years of full-time study. Before receiving the degree, students must demonstrate competence in a second language. Students must write a master’s thesis or complete two substantial research papers in the primary field and defend the thesis or research papers in an oral examination. Language Requirement: All MA students must demonstrate proficiency in at least one foreign language by passing an exam that tests the ability to read and comprehend a passage of average difficulty drawn from primary sources or the secondary literature. The language exam is offered once each term during the regular academic year. Advisors must approve the choice of language. MA students whose thesis or research papers require work in foreign language sources are strongly urged to complete this requirement by the end of the first year of study. Advisors may set higher standards or include additional languages in which students must demonstrate competence. These standards should be established at the time a faculty member accepts a graduate student and fills out the plan of study form. Writing Requirement: There are two options for satisfying the major writing requirement for the MA: A students must complete a master's thesis in his or her major focus of study and pass an oral defense of the thesis before a committee of three faculty members; A student must complete two substantial research papers and pass an oral defense of these papers before a committee of three faculty members. For the purposes of this option, a research paper is defined as a paper of twenty-five pages or more, based on primary source research; Students completing the thesis option may enroll in a maximum of 10 credits of Thesis (HIST 503), usually in the winter and spring of their second year. Students choosing the research papers option may register for 5 credits of Research: [Topic] (HIST 601), usually in either winter or spring of their second year.