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 global history. The course of study emphasizes the development of a coherent view of the past, the effective communication of ideas, and familiarity with a variety of historical schools of interpretation. The department has two offerings leading to the Master of Arts degree, a global history track (which can include courses in Modern Europe) and a US history track. The department offers courses in American, Modern European history, and global history. The history department awards a limited number of assistantships each academic year.

Applications for assistantships should be made directly to the history graduate coordinator. Applications are due by April 1 for the forthcoming academic year. Admission applications for the upcoming fall term should be received by June 1 of the same calendar year, and mid-academic year admissions should be received by October 15 for the following calendar year. The Department of History does not review any graduate applications until all materials–the graduate application, letters of recommendation, writing sample, and official transcript–have been received by the graduate coordinator. The department reserves the right to review transfer credit viability. The graduate application should be sent to Graduate Admissions and Records, 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. Electronic materials should be emailed to dpizzo@murraystate.edu. 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 addresses candidate’s ability to do graduate work in history.
• 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 approval. The GRE is NOT required. 

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


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


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

*Rather than a thesis, ALL MA students complete an article-length project in HIS 697.