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Master of Arts in History

The listed requirements provide an example of what is applicable to most students entering Murray State University at the present time. Criteria as they may relate to individual students may vary. The primary source is the MSU Bulletin applicable at the time of the student's enrollment.

The master of arts program in history offers advanced study to qualified students in American, European, and African/Asian/Latin American history. The course of study emphasizes the development of a coherent view of the past, the effective communication of ideas, and the familiarity with a variety of historical schools of interpretation.

The department offers three programs leading to the master of arts degree. The thesis track option is a general program of advanced study that requires a thesis; the two non-thesis tracks replace the thesis with additional training in the major/minor areas of history.

The master of arts in history provides excellent preparation for doctoral work in history, for law school, or for other professional and graduate education. The history M.A. is also excellent preparation for careers in government, public and private agencies concerned with history, and any career requiring research, analytical and writing skills. It also enables teachers to meet Rank II certification in Kentucky public schools.

The department’s principal graduate course offerings are in American and modern European history, complemented by course offerings in African/Asian/Latin American history.

The history department awards a limited number of assistantships each academic year. Applications for assistantships should be made directly to the graduate coordinator of the Department of History. Applications are due in April for the forthcoming academic year.

Admission applications for the upcoming fall term should be received by June 1 of the same calendar year. The Department of History does not review any graduate applications until all materials–the graduate application, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, letters of recommendation, writing sample, and official transcript–have been received by the graduate coordinator. The Department of History reserves the right to review transfer credit viability.

The graduate application and GRE scores should be sent to:

             Graduate Admissions
             Murray State University
             Sparks Hall, Murray, KY 42071.

All other materials should be sent to
             Graduate Coordinator
             Department of History
             Murray State University
             6B Faculty Hall
             Murray, KY 42071-3341

Requirements for Admission

Applicants must meet the Murray State University requirements. Additional requirements are as follows.

Unconditional

  • An undergraduate major or minor in history.
  • GPA of 3.0 or better in history courses.
  • GRE score of at least 900 (V+Q).
  • 3-5 page (minimum) sample of historical writing.
  • Two letters of recommendation that address candidate's ability to do graduate work in history.

Conditional

A student with a GRE score of less than 900 (V+Q) may be admitted conditionally to the history M.A. program, but the student must satisfy the conditional requirements for admission as specified in Chapter 2 of the Graduate Bulletin.

 


Master of Arts in History

CIP 54.0101

Students admitted to history graduate study should consult with the department graduate coordinator to declare a course of study which meets the requirements of the thesis and non-thesis options. 

THESIS TRACK

Total Course Requirements……………………………36 hours

HIS 600             Development of Historical Thinking

HIS 602             Readings in European History

            Or

HIS 622 Readings in American History

HIS 605             Seminar in European History

            Or

HIS 631             Seminar in United States History to 1865

            Or

HIS 633 Seminar in United States History since 1865

HIS electives in Major Area (12 hrs)

HIS electives in minor area* (9 hrs)

HIS 698-699 Thesis


      *The minor area is considered to be a combination of electives in European and/or global history.

Other Degree Requirements

  • A comprehensive examination of major and minor fields of study.
  • Oral defense of thesis.
  • Competency in an approved foreign language,

          -or-

  • Equivalent tool of research or special field of study (approval by graduate committee and department chair required; approval will be granted only when proposed alternative is demonstrably necessary to the student’s academic needs).

 

NON-THESIS TRACK

UNITED STATES HISTORY OPTION
Total Course Requirements......................................36 hours
HIS 600 Development of Historical Thinking
HIS 622 Readings in United States History
HIS 631 Seminar in United States History to 1865
HIS 633 Seminar in United States History since 1865
HIS electives in major area (9 hrs)
HIS electives in minor area* (15 hrs)
      *The minor area is considered to be a combination of electives in European and/or global history.

Students may, on occasion, substitute graduate-level, non-history courses for electives in their major and/or minor fields. Such substitutions, however, require the consent of the graduate coordinator for the Department of History.

 

Other Degree Requirements

  • Comprehensive written and oral examinations in major and minor areas.

 

EUROPEAN HISTORY OPTION
Total Course Requirements......................................36 hours
HIS 600 Development of Historical Thinking
HIS 602 Readings in European History
HIS 605 Seminar in European History
HIS 663 Readings in Third World History (African/Asian/Latin American History)
HIS electives in major area (9 hrs)
HIS electives in minor area (15 hrs)
     *The minor area is considered to be a combination of electives in United States and/or African/Asian/Latin American history. Students may, on occasion, substitute graduate-level, nonhistory courses for electives in their major and/or minor fields. Such substitutions, however, require the consent of the graduate coordinator for the Department of History.

 

Other Degree Requirements

  • Comprehensive written and oral examinations in major and minor areas.


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