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Master of Arts in History
The decision to seek an advanced degree in the History Program reflects an interest in and an appreciation for the historical past. The History Program's purpose is threefold: to prepare individuals well qualified to teach the subject of history; to provide students with research and investigative skills applicable to academic and professional situations; and to encourage the thoughtful and continuing study of history throughout the lifetime of the individual. The History Program is committed to excellence in the education of teachers and to completeness in the preparation of students for the many History-related career opportunities beyond teaching now open. The History Program further believes in the relevance of other disciplines to History and encourages work in those areas relating to the student's historical interests.
Applications to the program will be evaluated by a committee of the History Graduate Faculty. In addition to the Graduate School application and transcript, applicants must submit a personal essay: "Describe your background in history, your purpose in pursuing a Master's in History, and your expectations for the program." Students with a strong undergraduate background in history may be admitted unconditionally, or the committee may set conditions including minimum GPA performance to demonstrate fitness or completion of additional undergraduate coursework prior to or in parallel with graduate work. Students with fewer than 24 undergraduate hours of history or with a GPA in history courses below 3.0 will not be admitted unconditionally, but may be admitted conditionally. After reviewing the application, the program will assign the student a major professor to advise on matters of enrollment. As of 2016, the deadline for applications for Summer/Fall semester admission is February 15, and the deadline for applications for Spring semester admission is September 15.
MA History Program Guide and Graduate Guidelines
MA History Program Checksheet
Career Opportunities and Courses of Instruction
Graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis to students with outstanding records of performance. For first consideration, please apply by March 1.
For further information and application, please contact:Dr. Jonathan Dresner, Director (email)MA in History Graduate ProgramDepartment of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences Pittsburg State University1701 S. BroadwayPittsburg, KS 66762-7543(620) 235-4315