Information on History Masters Programs
The Department of History at the University of
Programs offers several programs for advanced study. The most popular program is the Masters of
Arts (MA) in History. In addition, the Department offers a specialized
curriculum in Museum Studies that can be pursued as a certificate or an MA
degree (for more information, see https://cms.umsl.edu:8443/entity/open.act?id=3bf3bdfd80ce0e360089a55d858036b9&type=symlink&#highlight
Beginning in the Fall 2012 semester, the
Department will debut a certificate in History Education for teachers and other
educators who wish to learn the latest thinking about engaging public audiences
in the study of history. Undergraduates currently enrolled in the History BA program
may pursue a combined BA/MA degree in the accelerated 2+3 program.
Below you will find a synopsis of the MA program
and the 2+3 program For official descriptions of all programs as listed in the
UMSL Bulletin, follow UMSL Bulletin link on Graduate page menu.
Master of Arts in History
Department of History offers students two ways of completing the Master of Arts
1) the thesis option, which emphasizes depth
of knowledge and research competence
acquired through writing a substantial master’s thesis;
2) the research paper option, which emphasizes
of historical knowledge
acquired through additional coursework and the writing of smaller research
The Thesis Track:
opting for this track take 32 hours of coursework;
includes Historian’s Craft (HIST 6000), the introduction to the discipline and
to graduate study;
3-credit course is offered once a year and usually taken during the student’s
first semester in the program;
2. it is
not counted toward the 3 primary field courses.
32 hours includes (up to) 6 hours of thesis credit, which can be
divided up and taken over several semesters;
credit is arranged by the student, in conjunction with his/her
will choose as her/his field U.S History and/or World history (all
non-U.S. courses are considered world);
take 3 courses in each chosen field;
remaining hours can be allocated as the student sees fit.
can take no more than 3 5000-level courses;
must take at least one 5-credit hour seminar to
prepare him/her to do thesis research;
can be in the area of his/her thesis or outside it.
must demonstrate competence in another language by passing an
exam before defending the thesis;
exam requires that a student translate, with the help of a dictionary, a
500-700 word (in the original language) essay;
exam can be repeated until the student passes it and up to twice
language is of the student’s choosing, unless English is not her/his first
member of the history faculty will conduct this examination and choose the test
for language exam:
1. Students can choose to demonstrate competence
in quantitative methods;
2. by satisfactory completion (B- or better) of
either PSYCH 2201 Psychological Statistics or SOC 3220 Sociological Statistics,
or their equivalent
3. Please check with Director of Graduate Studies
if you decide to pursue this option.
a. a thesis is an argument-driven piece of
original research based on primary sources on a topic of the student’s interest
b. it demonstrates expertise in a particular
c. choosing to write a thesis will most
likely increase the time to graduation;
d. many students choosing this track aim to go on
to a Ph.D. program;
e. The thesis committee:
i. The student chooses a committee of history
department faculty, including a director and two additional members, one of
which can be outside the department and/or university;
ii. the student will work with the committee to
complete the thesis;
iii. the committee is usually chosen at the
beginning of the student’s second year;
iv. the student cannot register for
thesis credit until her/his committee is selected and the M-2 (History only M2) filled out and submitted
to the director of graduate studies; ( https://cms.umsl.edu:8443/entity/open.act?id=dc444a2280ce0e360ed47b1bcf8d7091&type=file&#highlight) see links to all forms below);
i. the student will defend the thesis in front of
his/her committee (and other members of the department) after s/he has
completed the final draft;
ii. committee members may ask student for further
revisions after the defense.
iii. two weeks prior to the defense, the student needs to submit the M3 and tentative final copy of the thesis to the graduate school.
iv. Deadline for the Defense: In order to meet program requirements, students must defend the thesis no later than 4 weeks before the end of the semester in which they intend to graduate.
i. The thesis is now uploaded (by student) and approved
electronically (by thesis advisor);
the defense and making the required changes, student will upload his/her
step-by-step outline of the process is available at: http://www.umsl.edu/divisions/graduate/files/pdfs/ETD%20Submission%20Manual.pdf
iv. Thesis advisor will must submit final
approval of thesis;
can find instructions at: http://www.umsl.edu/divisions/graduate/files/pdfs/Faculty%20Advisor%20Instructions.pdf
2. The necessary
form s/he must fill out is at: http://www.umsl.edu/divisions/graduate/files/pdfs/Faculty%20Advisor%20Instructions.pdf
The Research Paper Track
1) Coursework and requirements:
i. Student will choose as her/his field U.S
History and/or World history (all non-U.S. courses are considered
ii. and take 3 courses each chosen field;
iii. the remaining hours can be allocated as the
student sees fit;
opting for this track takes 36 hours of coursework;
i. This include 3 5-credit hour
research seminars in the student’s area of choosing;
ii. The research papers produced from these 3
courses constitute the requirement for graduation.
i. in each of the 5-hour seminars, student will
write a research paper based on original primary-source research;
ii. the research paper is argument-driven and not
a summary of the literature.
i. Student take Historian’s Craft (HIST 6000),
the introduction to the discipline and to graduate study;
1. the 3-credit course is offered once a year and
usually taken during the student’s first semester in the program
2. it is not counted toward the 3
primary field courses.
can take no more than 3 5000-level courses.
The student must fill out various forms to
complete the degree. These forms are Graduate School forms, not
from the History department. Regardless, they must all be turned
into the director of graduate studies.
forms must be typewritten; they will be returned, if filled out any
deadlines are Graduate School deadlines—hence, the date listed is the date that
the Graduate School must have the form. Do not wait until the
last minute to fill out the required form.
forms need to be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies.
d. M-1: http://www.umsl.edu/divisions/graduate/current/Masters%20Level%20Forms.html
must list all the courses they have taken and intend to take for the completion
of the MA.
M1 must be submitted by the 8th
week of the semester in which the student is expected to complete 2/3
of the required credit hours for graduation.
g. THESIS TRACK students must submit
the M-1 by completion of 22 hours;
h. RESEARCH PAPER TRACK
students must submit M-1 by completion of 24 hours.
i. All forms must be submitted to the DGS.
j. M-2: https://cms.umsl.edu:8443/entity/open.act?id=dc444a2280ce0e360ed47b1bcf8d7091&type=file&#highlight (History only M2).
M-2 must be filled out only by students
pursuing the Thesis Track;
M2 should be submitted no later than the beginning of the student’s second year
bottom half of the M2 form is left blank. That portion will be filled out by
thesis committee members;
the M-2 has been signed off on by thesis committee members, it needs to be submitted to the DGS.
a. The M-3 must be filled out only by students
pursuing the Thesis Track.
b. Preliminary approval of Master's Thesis is due
5 weeks before the end of final semester.
c. The form must be signed by all members of
the Thesis Committee and then submitted to the DGS.
- of classes in the final enrolled semester. This form is for the standard
- “exit-checking” of each candidate’s academic records. Following submission,
- the candidate will be notified only in the case of deficiencies or problems in the records.
applicants, regardless of the track they choose or whether they complete the
program on campus, online, or a combination of the two, must meet both the
general criteria of the Graduate
School (see Graduate School webpage) and
applicant need not have majored in history, but s/he must demonstrate high
students with at least a 3.25 grade
point average in their undergraduate major are considered. Successful
applicants have higher grades.
To apply, applicants must submit:
academic letters of recommendation
(those from family friends or co-workers will not suffice);
copies of all undergraduate and graduate (if applicant has done graduate work)
high-quality academic writing sample;
an online application (see UMSL homepage for link).
The admissions committee takes the entire above
requirement into its decision.
Please note: the application deadlines are: March 15 (for fall semester) and Oct 15 (for spring semester).
The 2+3 B.A. and M.A. in History
The 2+3 B.A./B.S./ Ed and M.A. in History enables
students of demonstrated academic ability and educational maturity to complete
the requirements for both degrees
(137 credit hours) in five years of full-time study.
can apply for admission when s/he has completed at least 75 hour but no more than 105 credit hours;
have at least a 3.35 grade point
will hold provisional status until s/he has 105 hours.
completing 105 credit hours, student may
be admitted to the graduate program based on the recommendation of the Graduate
Director and approval from the Dean of the Graduate School.
- Before contemplating admission,
student should see the Director of Graduate Studies to discuss his/her
Graduate School tightly monitors the progress of students in this program. A
student must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher throughout the
combined program. Should s/he fall below a
3.0 GPA, the Graduate School will officially remove the student from
the 2+3 program, although the student is still eligible to complete the B.A. or
who withdraw from the 2+3 will be
awarded the B.A. or B.S. degree when they complete all remaining requirements
for the degree.