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M.A. in History Details

M.A. in History Concentration

Graduate students in History may elect to pursue a master’s degree with a concentration in American and/or European history.  The general master’s degree in History is designed for a variety of professional positions in the public sector and for careers in public and community education.  Students in the History concentration combine conventional history coursework with research.  In general, students planning to continue at the doctoral level should select the thesis option and a specific group of courses that will prepare them for advanced study.  Students who do not plan to continue at the doctoral level should select the non-thesis option and take courses appropriate for their goals.

M.A. in History–Thesis Option (36 credits)

Students pursuing the thesis option are required to take HIST 614: Research Methods, two sections of HIST 601: History Seminar, and six credits of HIST 795: Thesis. The remainder of the credits are electives, with no more than 12 credits coming from 500-level courses. No more than six credits may be taken outside of the program. This credit allowance is given only with advanced permission and at the discretion of the History Department graduate advisor/program coordinator. 

M.A. in History–Non Thesis Option (36 credits)

Students pursuing the non-thesis option are required to take HIST 614: Research Methods and two sections of HIST 601: History Seminar.  The remainder of the credits are electives, with no more than 15 credits coming from 500-level courses.  No more than six credits may be taken outside of the program.  This credit allowance is given only with advanced permission and at the discretion of the History Department graduate advisor/program coordinator.


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  • History Department
  • Keith Hall, Room 203
    390 Pratt Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705-1087
  • Phone: 724-357-2284
  • Fax: 724-357-6478
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.