Jul 02, 2022  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Working Draft] 
    
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Working Draft]

History [M.A.]


Revised Program [Fall 2022]


Students in the Master of Arts in History program learn to explore, analyze, and assess the past. The program emphasizes historical research and writing, enabling students to create their scholarly works with archival and digital sources. It also teaches historical methodology and historiography, allowing students to participate in the scholarly community. The program offers global coverage, inviting students to understand diverse cultures and peoples, and it offers a broad range of topical focuses from war and society to race and gender. The program prepares graduates for entrance to doctoral programs or employment at public history institutions, community colleges, and other fields.

Students pursuing the M.A. in History may enroll in either the Standard Program or the Thesis Program. Program faculty designed the Standard Program for teachers and those seeking work in government or the private sector and the Thesis Program for those aspiring to apply to a Ph.D. program.

Program Admission


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; students may start the program in Summer, Fall, or Winter.

Application

After reviewing the admission requirements below, please select the appropriate application. Please keep in mind that some programs require applicants to submit all application materials by a posted deadline and/or admit students one time each year.

For additional information regarding the application process, please see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions.

Admission Requirements

Minimum Graduate School Requirements: A four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution. In addition, a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program, is required for full admission. Applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements may be considered for conditional admission. See International Admissions for international applicant requirements.

Applicants must also meet the following program requirements:

  • Complete at least 20 hours of undergraduate coursework in History.
  • Complete a personal statement of no more than 500 words describing your interest in studying History at EMU and how the MA in History will enable you to attain your career and/or educational goals.

Department Information


History & Philosophy 701 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.1018

Peter Higgins, PhD, Department Head

Advisor Information


John McCurdy, PhD, Graduate Coordinator, 701H Pray-Harrold, 734.487.0906

New students should arrange an early conference with the graduate advisor to plan their programs in detail.

Degree Requirements: 30 hours


The Master of Arts in History program requires successful completion of at least 30 hours of graduate-level course work. All students must complete six hours of Required Courses.

Required Courses: 6 hours


Standard or Thesis Program: 24 hours


In addition to the Required Courses, students will complete coursework in either the Standard Program or Thesis Program.

All students start in the Standard Program. To enter the Thesis Program, a student must complete 15 hours in graduate coursework in History, have a 3.5 GPA, and submit a Thesis Prospectus.

Standard Program: 24 hours


Students will complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of graduate coursework, including a minimum of three courses in two of the following three areas (see graduate advisor for a list of appropriate courses).

Area A - United States and Canada
Area B - Europe
Area C - Africa, Asia, Latin America

A student may select any additional “HIST” graduate courses to satisfy the remaining credit hours.

With advisor approval, a student may apply a maximum of 6 credit hours of cognate coursework toward this requirement.

Thesis Program: 24 hours


Students must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of graduate coursework, as follows.

  • Thesis Coursework: 6 hours

    Select six hours from the following.

  • 1 hr
  • 2 hrs
  • 3 hrs
  •  

    Restricted Elective Courses: 18 hours

    Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours of history (HIST) coursework, including a minimum of three courses in two of the following three areas (see graduate advisor for a list of appropriate courses)

    Area A - United States and Canada
    Area B - Europe
    Area C - Africa, Asia, Latin America

Critical Graduation Information


Each graduate student is responsible for fulfilling the requirements or their equivalents of the Eastern Michigan University catalog in force at the time of their initial registration or a subsequent catalog, including the one in effect at the time of their graduation.

Master’s degree requirements must be completed within six (6) years of first enrollment in the master’s degree program.

In the event a student does not complete the master’s degree requirements within six years of the date of their original registration, the student may be required to have their credits re-evaluated by the academic department(s) of their degree in keeping with catalog requirements in force during the year of their graduation.

The following are minimum requirements for all master’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some programs require more than the minimum in one or more areas below.

  • A master’s degree must require a minimum of 30 credit hours.
  • No more than six credits of independent study courses, and no more than 12 credit hours of special topics and independent study courses combined, may be applied to a graduate degree.  
  • Residency Requirement:
    • For students admitted to master’s degree programs of 36 or fewer required hours, at least 24 new graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the degree program must be earned at EMU. The remaining program requirement hours may be met through transfer or prior degree credit (EMU or elsewhere). 
    • For students admitted to master’s degree programs of 37 or more required hours, at least 30 new graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the degree program must be earned at EMU. Minimum degree hours must still be met for graduation. The remaining program requirement hours may be met through transfer or prior degree credit (EMU or elsewhere).
    • Residency and enrollment in multiple programs: Students enrolled in multiple master’s/specialist degree programs must have 24 unique credit hours in each degree program.
  • Only credits from one completed graduate certificate may be applied to a master’s or specialist degree in a relevant field of study, as determined by the Graduate School and with the approval of the degree-granting academic department, and be included in the residency hours above.
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in all graduate-level courses taken at EMU and in their program of study to remain in good academic standing and be eligible for graduation. Students do not need to be registered for classes during the semester of graduation.
  • The Graduate School does not permit the use of undergraduate courses (499 and below) to meet degree requirements on graduate programs of study.
  • Some master’s programs require a thesis; others require a special project or internship; others require students to pass a final exam. See the Graduate School website for Thesis and Dissertation Manuals, all forms, and information about research and human subject approval. Every completed thesis or dissertation must be submitted to Digital Commons. Any form of graduate student work submitted to Digital Commons must first be approved by a faculty advisor and the Graduate School.