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EIU Online Master of Arts in History

History Accelerated Graduate Program

The History Graduate Program is pleased to offer an accelerated option for motivated EIU undergraduates interested in earning an MA in History. Through this option the BA and MA degrees are conferred within as few as five years, reducing the total time to a master’s degree. Students are eligible to apply in the semester in which they will have completed 60 credit hours and will need to be enrolled no later than their third undergraduate year. The program works by allowing students to apply “shared” courses to both their undergraduate and graduate programs of study. For the MA, only courses listed 4775 and above are eligible. The student must consult with the graduate coordinator when selecting courses. This program offers both a thesis and non-thesis option. The online option for teachers is not available to accelerated students.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 3.25 cumulative undergraduate GPA and 3.25 history GPA
  • Minimum of 60 hours of undergraduate course credit completed
  • Minimum of 12 hours of history courses taken at EIU
  • Completion of HIS 1101 and HIS 2500 and two of the following courses: HIS 2010 or 2020, HIS 2560, HIS 3555, HIS 3600
  • Two letters of recommendation, a statement of academic or professional goals, a curriculum vita, and an optional writing sample

To determine your eligibility, contact Brian Mann, Undergraduate Advisor ( For more information about the program, contact Brian Mann or Lee Patterson, Graduate Coordinator (

Students will apply to our accelerated program through the Graduate School. Instructions are provided here. After notification of acceptance to the program has been sent by the Graduate School, students will need to fill out the “Accelerated Program Course Request Form,” which can be found here.

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Contact Information

History Department
Eastern Illinois University

600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-3310

Lee Patterson, Graduate Coordinator

2572 - Coleman Hall

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