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The MA program in History is designed to prepare students for pursuits requiring a historical background. Students who are interested in teaching careers, in preparation for doctoral programs and in participation in professional internships such as library, museum, or archival work can design a program to suit their needs.

Deadline for Application

April 1, Nov 15, Feb 15

Special Program Requirements

  • An official transcript from an accredited college or university which has awarded the student a baccalaureate degree. At least a 3.00 (B) average is normally expected, although most applicants have a higher GPA. Applicants are expected to have a background in history or a related field.
  • A substantial writing sample reflecting serious academic effort.The topic need not be historical, but it should show strong research and writing ability.
  • A one-page personal statement on career plans and interest in pursuing graduate studies in history.
  • Letters of recommendation from two individuals familiar with the applicant's academic work or other experience relevant to historical training.
  • Although the GRE test score is not required from an applicant, the graduate director may request one under certain conditions. 

Deadlines for admission to the M.A. program in History: Fall Quarter (April 1); Winter Quarter (November 15) and Spring Quarter (February 15). No summer admissions are possible, but late-applying students may do coursework as a post-bac student, earning credits that can be applied to the M.A upon admission to the program.

 Program Requirements: After Admission to the graduate program, candidates will complete at least forty-five (45) credits of course work. The MA program includes three tracks: 1) the General MA track requires 45 credits of coursework and comprehensive examinations in two historical fields, 2) the Public History MA track requires 45 credits including an internship, and a significant public history project, 3) the Research track requires 45 credits and a research project or thesis. The student's program and choice of courses must be approved by the department program advisor. All candidates must take the master's oral examination, to be completed during the student's final quarter of graduate study. All courses included in the student's graduate program must be completed with a grade of 3.0 or higher.


Contact Information

Dr. Michael Conlin
103 PAT
Cheney, WA 99004

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