Master of Arts in History

Admission Requirements

The applicant must meet the Gradaute School’s current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

  1. Demonstration of preparation for graduate study in history. This includes one of the following from a recognized college or university:
    1. A bachelor’s degree in history, or
    2. An undergraduate degree with a minimum of 20 semester credits in history with at least 6 credits at the upper division level, or
    3. An undergraduate degree or combination of classes clearly demonstrating the applicant’s ability to pursue graduate study in history.
  2. An overall undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 and at least 3.25 in all undergraduate history courses.
  3. A writing sample, preferably a research or seminar paper, that demonstrates the applicant’s research, analytical and writing skills.
  4. Three letters of recommendation with at least two coming from individuals who hold or have held academic positions and who can comment on the applicant’s aptitude for graduate work.
  5. A one-to-two page statement that explains the applicant’s interest in history, the reason for applying to the UND graduate program, and the area or areas in which the applicant intends to take courses and conduct research.
  6. The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies’ current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog.
  7. To insure full consideration of applications, especially for tuition waivers and graduate teaching assistantships, the application deadline for Fall admission is March 15 and for Spring admission, it is September 30. Later applications will be considered.

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Master of Arts degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements of the School of Graduate Studies as well as requirements of the History Department.

Thesis Option

  1. The M.A. degree (thesis option) requires a minimum of 30 credit hours.
  2. In consultation with a designated advisor, the student will select a supervisory committee and prepare a program of study that provides the student with the academic tools necessary for advanced scholarly research, responds to the student’s academic and professional interests and goals, and fulfills all degree requirements. At the discretion of the student’s advisor, this program may require demonstrable proficiency in a foreign language and may include a minor or cognate.
  3. The following coursework is required:
    HIST 501Methods of Historical Research3
    HIST 502Historiography3
    Select one of the following (research seminar):3
    Research Seminar in American History
    Research Seminar in World History
    Research Seminar in European History
    Select two of the following (reading courses):6
    Readings in World History
    Readings in American History
    Readings in European History
    Electives9
    HIST 998Thesis6
    Total Credits30
  4. The candidate will successfully complete, defend and submit to the School of Graduate Studies a thesis that meets the History Department’s established guidelines.

Non-Thesis Option

  1. The M.A. degree (non-thesis option) requires a total of 35 credit hours.
  2. In consultation with a designated advisor, the student will select a supervisory committee and prepare a program of study that provides the student with the academic tools necessary for advanced scholarly research, responds to the student’s academic and professional interests and goals, and fulfills all degree requirements. At the discretion of the student’s advisor, this program may require demonstrable proficiency in a foreign language, and may include a minor or cognate.
  3. The following coursework is required:
    HIST 501Methods of Historical Research3
    HIST 502Historiography3
    Select two of the following (research seminar):6
    Research Seminar in American History
    Research Seminar in World History
    Research Seminar in European History
    Select two of the following (reading courses):6
    Readings in World History
    Readings in American History
    Readings in European History
    Electives *15
    HIST 997Independent Study (see #4 below)2
    Total Credits35
     
    *

    With the approval of the student’s advisor, up to twelve of these credits may be taken within the minor or cognate.

  4. The candidate will successfully complete a scholarly independent investigation of a topic chosen in consultation with the advisor and members of the supervisory committee.
  5. The candidate will successfully complete a comprehensive written examination administered by the advisor and supervisory committee, responding to the student’s program of study.

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