History Program Information and Admission Requirements
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Master of Arts Degree
- Option A: Thesis Option
- Option B: Non-Thesis Option
Graduate Certificate in History
Students interested in pursuing a program of study in History should:
- Meet the requirements for admission to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research,
- Have completed an undergraduate program containing at least 18 semester hours of history,
- Submit to the Department Chair evidence of the writing skills necessary for graduate level course work (The submission of
previous written work, or an essay written in the presence of the Department Chair, are normally required) and,
- Submit an official Graduate Record General Examination test score.
- At least half of the course work in each program (excluding thesis hours) must be completed in non-P
- At least 9 hours of course work for the thesis option; at least 15 hours of course work for the non-thesis option, and at
least 6 hours of course work for the Graduate Certificate option must be in graduate colloquia or seminars.
- For the Master's Program at least 3 hours of work in colloquia or seminars must be in U.S. History and at least 3 hours of
work in colloquia or seminars must be in non U.S. History.
- Students must maintain a 3.25 GPA in all graduate hours to graduate.
- Students must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in all graduate hours to successfully complete a graduate certificate.
All students must successfully complete a comprehensive examination to be administered within nine months
following the completion of course work. This will include both written and oral examinations over the major and minor fields.
Thesis students will define their thesis proposal in the written component, and defend their completed thesis as the oral
The thesis committee will be the examining committee for thesis students. The committee for non-thesis students will be composed
of graduate faculty with the Department Graduate Committee Chair serving as moderator. A majority vote by the student's examining
committee will determine whether the student has successfully passed the examinations.
Although unsuccessful students may take the exams a second time, they must apply for a waiver should the time limit have expired.
The decision to waive this time requirement will be granted at the discretion of the majority of the Department's Graduate
Thesis and Thesis Committee
A completed thesis must be submitted for the approval of the thesis committee within two years from the
completion of the course work. This time requirement may be waived at the discretion of the majority of the Department's Graduate
Committee. The thesis committee shall consist of four members: The candidate's thesis advisor/major professor, who shall serve as
chair, two readers from the Department of History (at least one must be Graduate Faculty), and a graduate faculty member from
another department in a related field.
22 Aug 2006