The ordinary prerequisite is a B.A. in History (or at least 18 hours of successful work in upper-division courses in History), though students from other fields with strong backgrounds in History will also receive consideration. Applicants with different majors who possess strong backgrounds in History and will be considered.
Masters students choose a specialized area of study in Late Antique, Byzantine, Medieval European, Early Modern European, Modern European, or American history. The masters program requires twenty-four hours of coursework and three hours of thesis research. Twelve hours of the coursework must be in the student's major field. As part of the twenty-four hours of coursework, students are required to take HIST 500, a three-hour introductory course in their major field, and at least one research seminar. They may take other introductory courses with the approval of their advisor. A maximum of six credit-hours may be taken in academic fields other than history.
A two-hour written examination in the major field is required of all M.A. students upon completion of the twenty-four hours of coursework. Six hours of the total course work may be in the form of a thesis directed by a member of the department. Students are permitted to take no more than six hours advanced undergraduate courses as part of their overall program.
Proof of competency in one foreign language is required through a written examination administered by the department or successful completion of graduate translation courses. U.S. history students can satisfy the second language by demonstrating a higher level of competence in the first language.
For more information you may contact the Graduate School at 314-977-2240; Masters Candidacy Advisor, Cherell Johnson 977-3943.