Master of Arts in History

Attainment of the master of arts (M.A.) in history 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

Application deadline

Fall term: February 1 (early decision), May 1 (regular decision)
Winter term: November 1

Please review the Admissions section of the graduate handbook for instructions on how to prepare your application materials.

Next steps

For more information, please contact Professor Eric Ash, Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of History or view the latest graduate handbook.