History, MA

The master’s in history program from the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies delves deep into a range of time periods and geographic locations in both on-ground and online environments. In addition to acquiring historical knowledge of the world we live in, students will graduate the program with communication and analytical skills that lead to numerous employment opportunities in politics, non-profit and academia. SHPRS is also one of the leaders in the field of public history, which takes history outside of the walls of the classroom and prepares students for careers in historic preservation, museums, historical societies, archives and government agencies. 

With more than 40 faculty members, the award-winning history faculty offers diverse programs and an intellectual community that challenges and inspires scholars. Students will work with distinguished faculty to research and interpret history and prepare for a future doing work that affects the world. 

2 years to degree
40 faculty members
90%+ of faculty are full-time

Degree Overview

The 30-credit MA program consists of the following coursework: 

  • Selection of a Primary Field of Study
    • Tempe options: North America, public history, global/comparative history, Europe, East or Southeast Asia
    • Online options: North America or Global/Comparative History
  • Coursework
  • Professional experience/internship (public history field only)
  • Culminating project and defense that demonstrates proficiency in research, historical synthesis, and oral and written communication
    • Tempe options: thesis, applied project, or capstone portfolio
    • Online options: capstone portfolio

Students have three options in regards to primary fields of study: a geographic focus, public history or global history. Students select a primary area of study in a geographic area – North America, Europe, or East/Southeast Asia. Alternatively, public history requires an internship and coursework designated by the chair of the public history program. Public history students are also expected to pick a general geographic area of study for their research

The master's degree program provides students with opportunities for professional development through colloquia, internship experiences and conference attendance. 

How to apply

Admission to the History MA program is selective. The most competitive applicants will meet the following academic criteria of a record of relevant coursework, 3.3 GPA, strong writing sample, letters of recommendation and TOEFL score. 

A full application requires:

Applications Deadlines are: 

  • TEMPE CAMPUS: February 1 and April 15 (Fall admission) 
  • ONLINE CAMPUS: July 15 and September 15 (Fall admission); December 1 and February 1 (Spring admission); April 15 (Summer admission)

For more information on the application process and requirements, please click here

This program really helped develop and sharpen my writing, research and analytical skills, which I know has prepared me for law school. Not only did the program give me an edge in the application process (my full-ride Trustee Scholarship from Michigan State was awarded for my academic background), but I feel much more confident now heading into law school.

Emily Sosolik, History MA Alum

Curriculum

Students enrolled full-time in the History MA program should be able to complete program requirements and receive their degree within two years. 

There are two sets of course curriculum options for students enrolled in the History MA program on-ground: one for students with a geographic primary field and one for students who have selected Public History as their area of focus. 

There are also two sets of course curriculum options for students enrolled in the History MA program online: one for the North American history and one for students who have selected global history as their area of focus. 

On-ground Requirements

Requirements and ElectivesHours
Required Core Courses 9
Electives12
Culminating Experience3-6
Other Requirements3-6
Total Required Hours30

Online Requirements 

Requirements and ElectivesHours
Required Core Courses 9
Electives12
Culminating Experience3
Other Requirements 6
Total Required Hours30

Courses and electives

The History MA Program offers a flexible selection of graduate courses in the various fields which, in some cases, are team-taught. Students select courses under the advisement of their Committee Chair. All core courses required by a graduate program must be at least 500-level. A maximum of 6 credit hours of 400-level coursework can be included on an iPOS, with Chair approval. 

Courses emphasize the development of skills in research, writing, critical thinking and communication.

Core Courses 

Choose 2: 1 related to the geographic area of study

  • HST 641: North America Core (3 credits)
  • 1 additional Core Course (3 credits): HST 642: European Core, HST 643: Global/Comparative Core or HST 502: Public History Methodology 
  • HST 640: Historical Methods (3 credits)
Electives
Two 3-credit courses may be used from related field with DGS and Advisor approval. (6 credits)
Culminating experience
  • HST 599: Thesis (6 credits),
  • HST 597: Capstone Portfolio (3 credits), or 
  • HST 593: Applied Project (3 credits) 

Other Requirements

  • HST 591: Research Seminar related to area of study. Requires only one for thesis and two for capstone or applied project (3-6 credits)

 

Core Courses

  • HST 502: Public History Methodology (3 credits)
  • 1 additional Core Course (3 credit hours): HST 642: European Core, HST 641: North America or HST643: Global/Comparative Core
  • HST 640: Historical Methods (3 credits)
Electives
Course in related fields (e.g., museum studies, non-profit management, design, policy studies, cultural resource management) may be used with approval from DGS and Advisor.
  • HST 580 Practicum: Professional Experience (3 credits)
Culminating Experience
  • HST 599: Thesis (6 credits)
  • HST 597: Capstone (3 credits)
  • HST 593: Applied Project (3 credits) 

Other Requirements

  • HST 591: Research Seminar related to area of study. Requires only one for thesis and two for capstone or applied project (3-6 credits)

Core Courses 

  • HST 640: Historical Methods (3 credit hours)
  • HST 643: Global/Comparative Core (3 credit hours)
  • 1 additional Core Course (3 credit hours): HST 642: European Core, HST 641: North America or HST 502: Public History Methodology
Electives
HST Course Electives (12 credit hours): Up to 6 credits may be taken from related fields with approval from Director of History Graduate Studies and Advisor

Culminating Experience

  • HST 599: Thesis (6 credits),
  • HST 597 Capstone (3 credits) or
  • HST 593: Applied Project (3 credits) 

Other Requirements

  • HST 591: Research Seminar related to area of study. Requires only one for thesis and two for capstone or applied project (3-6 credits)

Core Courses

  • HST 640: Historical Methods (3 credits)
  • HST 641: North American Core (3 credits)
  • 1 additional Core Course (3 credits): HST642: European Core, HST643: Global/Comparative Core or HST502: Public History Methodology 
Electives 
Up to 6 credit hours from related fields may be included in plan of study with school and advisor approval
 
Culminating Experience
  •  HST 597: Capstone (strongly encouraged) (3 credits) or
  • HST 593: Applied Project (requires special approval) (3 credits) 

Other Requirements

  • HST 591: Research Seminar related to area of study. Requires only one for thesis and two for capstone or applied project (6 credits)

Core Courses

  • HST 640: Historical Methods (3 credits)
  • HST 643: Global/Comparative History Core (3 credits)
  • 1 additional Core Course (3 credits): HST 641: North American Core,  HST 642: European Core or HST 502: Public History Methodology 
Electives
Up to 6 credit hours from related fields may be included in plan of study with school and advisor approval

Culminating Experience
  • HST597: Capstone (strongly encouraged) (3 credits) or
  • HST 593: Applied Project (requires special approval) (3 credits) 

Other Requirements

  • HST 591: Research Seminar related to area of study. Requires only one for thesis and two for capstone or applied project (6 credits)

Tempe campus applicants, please review the On-Campus History MA Handbook, 2018-2019

Online applicants, please review the Online History MA Handbook, 2018-2019

 

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