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The Department of History offers the Masters of Arts degree with concentrations in European, American, and Modern World history. Students may choose the thesis or non-thesis track to complete their M.A. degree.

As our alumni page testifies, the M.A. program is flexible enough to meet a number of career objectives. Full-time students seeking a terminal master's degree, for example, can complete the program in one calendar year (two semesters plus summer coursework).

Alternatively, students seeking in-depth preparation for a Ph.D. program usually extend their full-time study into the second year. This is particularly advisable for students on thesis track.

A centerpiece of the program is a required course, Historiography, that introduces students to the methodologies and theoretical frameworks that historians employ. Normally taken in the student's first semester of study, Historiography serves as the foundation for subsequent course work, independent research and/or thesis preparation.

The history department also maintains an M.A. program in Historical Administration.