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Master of Arts, History

Djene Bajalan, Graduate Director
Strong Hall, Room 442; Phone 417-836-5913
HistoryGraduateAdvisor@missouristate.edu

Program description

The program is designed to provide instruction in various subject areas of history, which can prepare the student for advanced study at the doctoral level or serve as a terminal degree.  There are three program tracks:  American Studies, Global Area Studies, and U.S and World.

Entrance requirements 

  1. Applicants must have three letters of recommendation.
  2. Applicants must either submit recent (within 5 years) Graduate Record Examination scores (on the general exam, the specific history subject exam not being required) or have a teaching certificate in social studies from a U.S. State or Territory.  All applicants with a GPA below 3.00 on a 4.00 scale must submit recent GRE scores.
  3. Applicants must have 24 undergraduate hours in history (or equivalent).  A graduate student may make up a deficiency with additional courses in history, though such courses may not be counted toward the 30 semester hour total requirement for the master's degree.  Admission will also depend on the quality of the previous academic record. 

For full consideration, complete applications must be received by March 1 for summer or fall admission and October 1 for spring admission.  Meeting the minimum standards of the Graduate College is required for admittance but does not guarantee admission.  Applications received after the due date will be considered dependent on course availability.  

Accelerated Master's Degree option

Eligible history majors may apply for preliminary acceptance into the History MA program after admission requirements for the accelerated master's option have been satisfied.  Once accepted, students will be able to take up to 9 hours of graduate-level history courses that apply to both their undergraduate and graduate programs.  Once accepted, students can take HST 701, Historiography, which will count toward both degrees and will meet the HST 390, Historiography, requirements for a history major.  This option gives exceptional undergraduate students the opportunity to complete their bachelor's and master's degrees in five years (10 semesters and a summer).  Before enrolling in courses to be counted for both undergraduate and graduate credit, an undergraduate student must be accepted into the accelerated master's program and receive prior approval from the history department head, history graduate director and the dean of the Graduate College.

Admission Requirements for the Accelerated Master's Degree Option

  1. Junior standing, with an overall GPA of 3.25.
  2. Major in History, and completed a minimum of 15 hours in history, including at least one course at the 300-level or higher, with a GPA in the major of 3.40.
  3. Recommendation by a faculty member in the History Department

Total hours for MA degree - 30

American Studies Track

  1.  3 hours - HST 701  Historiography and Historical Methods
  2.  3 hours - Required Research Seminar: currently HST 730
  3.  3 hours - Primary Source Seminar: currently HST 783HST 784HST 785HST 786 HST 787
  4.  Research Requirement

A.  Thesis option – 21 hours.  Research requirement is fulfilled by the completion and successful defense of a masters thesis.

i.  6 hours HST 799

ii.  6 hours American History Courses (600 or 700-level)

iii.  9 hours Non-History Courses in Related Disciplines  (as approved by advisor)

 B.  Non-thesis Option – 21 hours.  Research requirement is fulfilled by completing with a minimum grade of B one readings seminar, one research seminar and one primary source seminar. These courses can double count to fulfill requirements 2 and 3 in this track.

i.  3 hours – 1 additional Primary Source Seminar beyond the one taken to meet requirement 3 in this study track:  choose from HST 783HST 784HST 785HST 786 HST 787

ii.  9 hours American History courses including HST 720 and 725 (or other 600 or 700-level courses approved by advisor)

iii.  9 hours Non-History Courses in Related Disciplines (as approved by advisor)

Global Area Studies Track

  1. 3 hours - HST 701 Historiography and Historical Methods
  2. 3 hours - Required Research Seminar: currently HST 780
  3. 3 hours - Primary Course Seminar: currently HST 792
  4. 3 hours - U.S. in the world or U.S foreign relations or recent history of the U.S. course: Choose from HST 628, HST 631 or with the consent of the candidate’s advisory committee HST 720, HST 730, HST 782, or HST 786.
  5. 9 hours - Emphasis Area Courses. An emphasis of 9 hours including a readings seminar in an area of study such as Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, or the Middle East from the following courses: HST 641, HST 642, HST 643, HST 644, HST 645, HST 648, HST 649, HST 651, HST 653, HST 659, HST 663, HST 664, HST 666, HST 671, HST 673, HST 674, HST 682, HST 688, HST 710, HST 740, HST 750, HST 760, HST 770, HST 775
  6. Research Requirement
    1. Thesis option – 9 hours. Research requirement is fulfilled by the completion and successful defense of a masters thesis.
      1. 6 hours HST 799
      2. 3 hours Readings Seminar: currently HST 740, HST 760, HST 770, HST 775
    2. Non-thesis Option 9 hours. Research requirement is fulfilled by completing with a minimum grade of B one readings seminar, one research seminar and one primary source seminar. These courses can double count to fulfill requirements 2 and 3 in this track.
      1. 6 hours - Readings Seminar: currently HST 740, HST 760, HST 770, HST 775
      2. 3 hours - Research Seminar in non-U.S. history: currently HST 710, HST 750 or HST 780

U.S. and World Track

  1.   3 hours - HST 701  Historiography and Historical Method
  2.   3 hours - Required Research Seminar:  Choose from HST 710HST 730, HST 750HST 780.   
  3.   3 hours – Required Primary Source Seminar:  Choose from HST 783HST 784HST 785HST 786 HST 787 or HST 792.
  4.   Research Requirement

A.  Thesis option – 21 hours.  Research requirement is fulfilled by the completion and successful defense of a masters thesis.

i.  6 hours HST 799

ii.  6 or 9 hours – U.S. History Courses:  HST 609HST 611HST 615HST 616HST 617, HST 618HST 619HST 621HST 623HST 624HST 625HST 628HST 631HST 636HST 637HST 638HST 698, HST 720, HST 725, HST 783HST 784HST 785HST 786 HST 787

iii.  6 or 9 hours – Non-U.S. History Courses:  HST 641, HST 642HST 643HST 644HST 645HST 648HST 649HST 651HST 653HST 659HST 663HST 664HST 666HST 671, HST 673HST 674HST 682HST 688HST 740HST 760HST 770HST 775, HST 790, HST 792

B.  Non-thesis Option – 21 hours.  Research requirement is fulfilled by completing with a minimum grade of B one readings seminar, one research seminar and one primary source seminar. These courses can double count to fulfill requirements 2 and 3 in this track.

i.   6 hours – advisor approved courses.

ii.   6 or 9 - U.S. History Courses:  HST 609HST 611HST 615HST 616HST 617, HST 618HST 619HST 621HST 623HST 624HST 625HST 628HST 631HST 636HST 637HST 638HST 698HST 720HST 725HST 783HST 784HST 785HST 786 HST 787

iii.    6 or 9 - Non-U.S. History Courses:  HST 641, HST 642HST 643HST 644HST 645HST 648HST 649HST 651HST 653HST 659HST 663HST 664HST 666HST 671, HST 673HST 674HST 682HST 688HST 740HST 760HST 770HST 775HST 790HST 792 

Secondary Education sub-track

In-service teachers may take the secondary education sub-track, which includes nine hours of coursework in education-related topics. This sub-track may be taken in conjunction with any of the tracks within the Master of Arts in History program. It is designed to supplement your history courses and enhance your development as an educator.

The following courses are included within the sub-track:

  1. HST 702, Secondary School Curriculum for the Social Studies
  2. SFR 750, Philosophies of Education OR PSY 705, Psychology of Adolescence
  3. Other education courses approved by the student’s graduate committee.

The sub-track consists of 9 hours of the 30 hour minimum requirements for completion of the MA in History.

Comprehensive examination

A comprehensive examination must be passed before the degree will be granted.  Written exams will be taken after course work is completed.  An oral exam will be taken after the approval of the research requirement.