Attainment of the M.A. requires mastery of selected historical fields and a demonstrated ability to do research in primary sources in the original languages. The department expects all its M.A. students to locate and classify historical evidence, to interpret that evidence, and to present its synthesis in written and oral forms. Fulfillment of all requirements for the M.A. usually involves two years of full-time study. Students must complete all requirements for the M.A. degree within six years. The six-year period begins with the end of the first semester during which the student has taken work that applies toward meeting the degree requirements.
For the M.A. degree in history a total of 35 graduate credits is required. At least 30 credits must be taken in history and at least 24 credits must be taken at Wayne State University. The graduate director has the authority to evaluate and accept as many as 11 credits transferred from other institutions (in accordance with Graduate School rules) and the selection of appropriate cognate courses from other departments. Students pursuing the graduate certificate in archival administration in conjunction with the M.A. should note that nine of the fifteen hours required for the certificate may be counted toward the degree, which means that a total of 41 credits is required (rather than 35).
With the advice and consent of their adviser and the graduate director, M.A. students will elect to pursue one of three plans. Students may switch from one plan to another only with the prior written consent of their adviser and of the graduate director. History 7830 is required of all students. Students must apply in writing to the graduate director for exemption. History 7830 should be taken early in one's graduate career. All students must complete the requirements for a major and minor appropriate to the plan that they select, chosen from the following list of fields:
Plans of Work for the M.A. Degree
Admission to Candidacy is a requirement for all students pursuing a master's degree. Admission to Candidacy is achieved by filing a plan of work with the College of Liberal Arts. Students must file a plan of work by the time they have earned 12 hours of credit. Students who do not file a plan of work in a timely manner will have a hold placed on their registration by the College. When the plan of work is successfully completed and approved by the department and the College, the student is admitted to Candidacy for the degree.
The first step in filing a plan of work is to choose a major field of study. The choice of an adviser is based upon the major field, as the adviser serves as the resource for research in this field. Students should obtain a plan of work form from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences website page for Current Students and an unofficial transcript printed from Pipeline. When filling out a plan of work, students should first list all of the courses they have taken thus far in order. The rest of the plan of work should list the courses the students intend to take to complete the required 35 credits for the degree, understanding that not all proposed courses may be offered in that time period and substitutions will be made. Students are encouraged to consult with the academic services officer for instructions on filling out the plan of work form prior to meeting with their adviser. Once they have met with their adviser and the plan of work is approved, one clean copy with both student and adviser signatures, along with a transcript, is turned into the academic services officer. Students transferring credits from another institution will also need to file a transfer credit form and official transcript in addition to the plan of work form.
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