Master of Arts in History

Are you a secondary school teacher who wants to expand your content knowledge of history and advance your career? Are you contemplating pursuing a doctorate, but you'd like to experience graduate-level work before making a decision? Are you a lifelong learner with a particular interest in history?

Wayne State's master of arts in history is designed to meet the needs of students with diverse backgrounds and goals. Our program combines intellectual rigor with convenience and flexibility. We now offer courses both at our campus in the heart of Detroit's cultural center and online, making earning your master's degree more accessible than ever. 

Our master's program offers small classes taught by full-time faculty who are committed to student success. Students select a major field from among three areas: U.S., European, or world history. Master's coursework emphasizes basic historical and historiographical issues, research methodology, and career development. You will take several courses in your major field, as well as have the opportunity to take courses in other fields and customize the curriculum to your interests. As a capstone project, all master's students work closely with their primary advisor to conduct original research and write an essay or thesis of publishable quality. The 30-credit master's degree can be completed in two years of full-time study or up to six years of part-time study. 

Students often elect to pursue a joint master's degree in history and library and information science or earn a graduate certificate in world historyarchival administration, and/or nonprofit management concurrently with their master's in history. Doing so expands career opportunities after graduation.

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Application deadline

Students are admitted to the master's program for both fall and winter terms. Applicants who would like to be considered for scholarships must apply by January 15 to begin the following fall. Students who do not wish to be considered for scholarships must apply by April 15 to begin the following fall or October 15 to begin the following winter.

Please review the admissions section of the graduate handbook (PDF) for instructions on how to prepare your application materials.

Contact 💬

Tracy Neumann, history graduate director

Career insights

This tool provides a broad overview of how major selection can lead to careers and is provided without any implied promise of employment. Some careers will require further education, skills, or competencies. Actual salaries may vary significantly between similar employers and could change by graduation, as could employment opportunities and job titles.