Feb 27, 2024  
2023-2024 School of Graduate Studies Catalog 
2023-2024 School of Graduate Studies Catalog

History, Master of Arts

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The Master of Arts – History program provides graduate candidates with the opportunity to explore a wide range of historical fields and methodologies. For those seeking intellectual enrichment, the program may culminate in a terminal MA degree. It is especially useful for secondary school teachers who wish to earn a degree that will enhance their subject knowledge while refining historical and research skills, or for museum professionals and those who seek a career in museums. For candidates who intend to continue on for advanced studies or even a doctoral degree, the MA in history program provides a firm foundation. All graduate candidates are encouraged to develop concentrations in historical areas of interest as a part of their course of study.

Admission Requirements

Additional Admission Requirements

Applicants for the MA History program are exempt from having to take either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

Program Requirements

Upon acceptance into the program, you will complete a tentative Plan of Study in consultation with the program coordinator. You must request that any transfer credits be considered at this time. PLEASE NOTE THAT NO MORE THAN THREE COURSES TAKEN AT SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY BEFORE ADMISSION CAN BE COUNTED TOWARDS THIS PROGRAM. You should meet regularly with the program coordinator to discuss your progress and revise your plan of study as needed.

Course Requirements

  1. A minimum of thirty-three hours of course work, including Historiography (HST 700 ) and Research Seminar (HST 995 ) is required. Graduate candidates may take the Research Seminar only after completing eighteen credit hours in the program. They must also take at least one distribution course in each of the following four areas.
    • African, Asian or Latin American History
    • U.S. History
    • European History
    • Public History
  1. Degree candidates may choose: to write a six credit thesis (3.7 cumulative grade point average required) as a capstone. Candidates who intend to continue to doctoral studies are strongly urged to write a thesis.
  2.  Student who do not want to undertake a thesis can complete the requried number of electives.


Total Credits: 33

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