The Master of Arts in History provides high quality, rigorous training in history and prepares students for a wide variety of educational, business, and public careers. Evening classes, tracks, and capstone experience options offer flexibility. Teachers with New York State initial certification can use the MA in History to obtain professional teacher certification. There are four track options available:
Program Design and Requirements
Students in the American and World tracks pick from a variety of minor fields with coursework in and outside history, including education, film studies, women’s studies, or study abroad.
Students may choose to complete the program in either full-time or part-time study. The program provides further flexibility of synchronous online interaction in many graduate seminars.
Students may choose either a master’s thesis or comprehensive exam as their capstone experience. The master’s thesis is a substantial original research project and the comprehensive exam is an integrative essay answering a broad historical question based on a wide range of readings capped off by an oral examination by a committee.
Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
Background in history or related disciplines in the humanities or social sciences
Minimum undergraduate 3.0 GPA
Two letters of recommendation
Statement of objectives
Writing sample demonstrating research and analytical skills
April 15 for the summer semester
July 1 for the fall semester
November 15 for the spring semester
PhD, Law School, Library School
Education – Secondary School Teachers
Public Historian or Museum Work
Positions in Business, Public Service, and Urban Planning