HIS-MA - History
NYSED Program Code
Possess a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited college or university.
Have demonstrated the potential to successfully pursue graduate study - that is, have attained a minimum undergraduate grade average of B in History courses and a minimum grade average of B- in the undergraduate record as a whole.
Have taken a minimum of 18 credits of coursework in History, acceptable to the department.
Submit two letters of recommendation.
Submit a 1-2 page essay consisting of responses to application-packet questions.
Submit a sample of college-level writing.
If conditionally admitted, satisfy the conditions within one year.
HIS 780 is a seminar that focuses on historical methods and historiography. HIS 781 is a supervised individual tutorial to prepare for the thesis or capstone project.
In addition to the required courses, students must take an additional 6-7 graduate-level courses in History (18 credits for students who choose to write a thesis, 21 credits for students who choose the capstone project). Graduate-level courses in other departments may be taken with the permission of the History graduate adviser.
Students may choose to write a master’s thesis (6 credits) or capstone project (3 credits).
After successfully completing 24 credits of coursework with a 3.0 average, candidates for the M.A. degree who plan to write a thesis must then present a master's thesis prepared under the direction of a thesis supervisor from the Department of History and an approved second reader, and accepted by the thesis supervisor.
Students who plan to do a capstone project first must successfully complete 27 credits of coursework with a 3.0 average and then present an approved capstone project prepared under the direction of an adviser from the Department of History.