M.A. in History Program

M.A. in History Program

M.A. in History Program

The Master of Arts in History at Rowan is designed mainly for students who desire increased competence in historical studies preparatory or supplementary for teaching in that field on the high school or community college level. It is also appropriate for students who seek qualification for admission to a doctoral program at another institution and for students who wish to pursue a liberal education at an advanced level for intellectual challenge and personal self-fulfillment.

Our program is set in the tradition of a Liberal Arts education. Courses offer an opportunity for students to extend their knowledge and enhance their competence in historical studies through direct, face-to-face interaction with Rowan's award-winning, full-time faculty members.

Total graduate semester hours required for program completion is 30. Students are encouraged to devote at least 12 credits of their electives to pursuing an area of concentration in American, European, or global history, but they must take at least one course in another area. Up to 6 credits may be taken as independent study, and students may take one elective graduate course outside of the History Program, chosen in consultation with the graduate advisor.

MA Program Guide Link

 

Suggested Sequence of Course Work:

Full-time non-thesis master's students. These students will typically pursue the following sequence of coursework: 

First Semester:

  • Readings and Research in History I (HIST 05.510)
  • 1 course in specialization
  • 1 elective

Second Semester:

  • 1 course in specialization
  • 1 course outside specialization
  • 1 elective

Third Semester:

  • Readings and Research in History II (HIST 05.512)
  • 1 course in specialization
  • 1 elective

Fourth Semester:

  • 1 course in specialization

Alternatively, by taking one summer course, students could graduate in 1 ½ years.

  1. Full-time thesis students. These students will typically pursue the following sequence of coursework. Again, by taking one summer course, they could graduate in 1 ½ years:

First Semester:

  • Readings and Research in History I (HIST 05.510)
  • 1 course in specialization
  • 1 elective

Second Semester:

  • Readings and Research in History II (HIST 05.512)
  • 2 courses in specialization

Third Semester:

  • Master's Thesis in History I (HIST 05.601)
  • 1 course in specialization
  • 1 course outside specialization

Fourth Semester:

  • Master's Thesis in History II (HIST 05.602)
  1. Part time non-thesis master's students. These students will typically pursue the following sequence of coursework. Note that students who take two courses in the summer could graduate within two years:

First Semester:
Readings and Research I (HIST 05.510)
1 course in specialization

Second Semester:
1 course in specialization
1 elective

Third Semester:
Readings and Research II (HIST 05.512)
1 elective

Fourth Semester:
1 course in specialization
1 course outside specialization

Fifth Semester:
1 course in specialization
1 elective

  1. Part time thesis master's students would pursue the same program, except that they would take Readings and Research II (HIST 05.512) in their third semester and substitute Master's Thesis in History I (HIST 05.601) and Master's Thesis in History II (HIST 05.602) for electives in their fourth and fifth semesters.

 

Options for Course Study:

NB:  All students must obtain permission from the Graduate Program Coordinator to pursue the thesis track.

M.A. Thesis Track
The M.A. Thesis Track is designed for those who are interested in pursuing original research and is strongly recommended for those who are planning to do doctoral work in history.

M.A. Non-Thesis Track
Students may choose to complete the degree by pursuing coursework without a thesis. This track may be appropriate for those seeking professional development or broader content knowledge.

 

To apply for the program, visit the College of Graduate & Continuing Education website.