Masters of Arts in History

The requirements listed below apply for students entering Murray State University at the present time. Criteria as they may relate to individual students may vary. See the graduate Bulletin at the time of enrollment for more information. 

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 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 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 (see Graduate Admissions). For non-native speakers of English, a TOEFL score of 22 for each section of the iBT, or an IELTS score of 7.0 with no band lower than 6.5, or a previous degree earned from an accredited U.S. institution subject to departmental standards. Additional requirements are as follows:

Unconditional
An undergraduate major or minor in history or related field such as art history, archaeology, anthropology, sociology, or political science.
GPA of 3.0 or better in history courses.
3-5 page (minimum) sample of historical writing.
Two letters of recommendation that address candidate's ability to do graduate work in history.

Conditional
Students will have their skills in reading and writing assessed by the departmental graduate coordinator prior to enrollment in graduate course.

GLOBAL HISTORY TRACK

Total Course Requirements......................................30 hours
HIS 600 Development of Historical Thinking
HIS 663 Readings in Global History
HIS 697 Graduate Professional Engagement Seminar
One other HIS Reading Course in any area
One other HIS Seminar in any area
HIS electives at the 600 Level (15 hrs)


UNITED STATES HISTORY TRACK

Total Course Requirements......................................30 hours
HIS 600 Development of Historical Thinking
HIS 622 Readings in United States History
HIS 697 Graduate Professional Engagement Seminar
HIS 631 Seminar in United States History to 1865 or HIS 633 Seminar in United States History since 1865

One other HIS Reading Course in any non-US area
HIS electives at the 600 Level (15 hrs)