APPLYING TO THE GRAD PROGRAM:
Applications to the M.A. program will only be accepted for Fall Admission and must be postmarked no later than March 15th.
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GRADUATE WORKSHEET :
Graduate Student Program Worksheet *NOTE: This worksheet is online for your convenience, but must be filled out in consultation with the Graduate Advisor. If you have questions about the Graduate Students Program Worksheet, please see your Graduate Advisor.
The worksheet above is in *pdf format. If you need Adobe Reader, you may download it here.
Master of Arts in History
1. A bachelor’s degree with an overall 3.0 GPA in history, or with an overall 3.0 GPA, or higher
2. A bachelor’s degree with 24 units of upper-division courses in history. These courses must be comparable to those required of a major in history at this University. Deficiencies will be determined by the graduate advisor after consultation with the student and after study of transcript records.
Advancement to Candidacy is a statement of how the student plans to complete all courses and requirements for the degree, including setting a date and a committee for the thesis or comprehensive examination. It is best done as early as possible and it must take place before the end of the semester preceding the examination. Students writing a thesis are advanced to candidacy at the time that they begin their thesis work.
1. A minimum of 30 units of upper division and graduate courses including at least 18 units from 500 and 600-level courses. Six units may come from other departments if they suit the student’s program and are approved by the graduate advisor. All students must take HIST 501 and HIST 590. Twelve of the remaining units must come from among the following area offerings: 510A, 510B, 510C, 510D, 510E, 611, 631, 673, 682.
2. The student may select one or two fields of specialization distributed as follows:
Alternative I. Single-field option. Fifteen units, including at least one class in the 510 series, in one of the following fields: Africa and the Middle East, Ancient/Medieval Europe; Asia; Latin America; Modern Europe (including Russia); United States; World history. Those who take the single-field option must also take at least one 500-level course in a second field.
Alternative II. Two-Field Option. A minimum of 9 units in each of two of the above geographical areas, including at least three units of 510 in each.
The courses for Directed Study (695), Directed Research (697), and Thesis (698) may be applied to the 18 unit total only with the permission of the graduate advisor. A student may propose a field other than those cited above with the consent of the Graduate advisor and her/his graduate committee.
3. A reading knowledge of German, French, or other foreign language may be required, depending upon the candidate’s program of study as recommended by her/his graduate committee.
4. A comprehensive written examination on one field, two periods or a comprehensive written examination on two fields or a thesis.