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.

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.

  • Thesis track option is a general program of advanced study that requires a thesis;
  • Non-thesis tracks in European History or United States History replace the thesis with additional training in the major/minor areas of history.

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.
  • 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.

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 & 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.

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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)
    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.
  • HIS 698-699 Thesis

Non-Thesis Track: 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)
    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, 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.
  • HIS electives in minor area (15 hrs)

Other Degree Requirements

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

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)
    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.
  • HIS electives in minor area* (15 hrs)

Other Degree Requirements

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