Master of Arts in History

The master of arts program in history offers advanced study 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.

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Choose the option that works for you.

The department offers three programs leading to the master of arts degree. Principal graduate course offerings are in American and modern European history, complemented by course offerings in African/Asian/Latin American history.

  • Global History Track focuses on world history and features a capstone project (a journal-article-length piece of writing or the equivalent) in HIS 697;
  • US History Track focuses on the history of the United States and features a capstone project (as above) in HIS 697.

A degree that takes your further.

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.

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.
    • 3-5 page (minimum) sample of historical writing.
    • Two letters of recommendation that address a candidate's ability to do graduate work in history.
  • Conditional
    A student with a GPA in history courses below a 3.0 or in a field related to history 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.

Apply for Admission

  1. Apply for Murray State University Graduate Admission
  2. Email your transcript to msu.graduateadmissions@murraystate.edu
  3. Email writing samples and letters of recommendations to the Graduate Coordinator in the Department of History - Dr. David Pizzo, dpizzo@murraystate.edu.

Application Deadline: June 1

Cost and Assistantships

Tuition rates are cost-competitive. Apply for assistantships in April for the forthcoming academic year.

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.

Master of Arts in History Degree Requirements

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. View the Murray State Catalog for complete information about requirements and course work.

Tracks

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 Readings Course in any area
  • One other HIS Seminar in any area
  • HIS electives at the 600 Level (15 hours)

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 Readings Course in any non-US area
  • HIS electives at the 600 Level (15 hours)

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