Master of Arts in History

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Priority deadline:

  • Fall ~Apply by January 10 for Fall semester


  • Pullman

International Student English Proficiency Exams

International students may need to surpass the Graduate School’s minimum English language proficiency exam scores for this program. If the graduate program has unique score requirements, they will be detailed below. Otherwise, please refer to the Graduate School’s minimum score guidelines.

  • 75 TOEFL Minimum score
  • 6.5 IELTS Minimum score

Degree Description:

The Department of History offers programs of study for full time and part-time students leading to a Masters of Arts (MA) degree. Students entering the MA program in History are expected to show promise of doing excellent work at the graduate level. All MA students conduct independent research leading to a written thesis, with the objective of making a contribution to the body of academic knowledge in History. Research will be focused on a specific Primary Field, which is embedded in a broader General Field that gives a geographical, chronological, and historiographical framework for the research. The program will culminate with a final oral examination. The strong research emphasis and thesis experience prepare interested students for doctoral programs and careers in research and teaching. Financial aid in the form of an assistantship is available for dedicated, quality full-time MA students.

Admission Requirements:

Must complete a Language Background Form (competency in a foreign language desired, but not required). Also must complete a Preferred Fields of Study Form (both Language and PFS forms are available for download on the Department of History’s website).

Student Opportunities:

The Department of History has a committee dedicated to Graduate Professional Development. History graduate students also organize a weekly colloquium in addition to weekly meetings of the History Graduate Students Association (HGSA). The HIST 595 course gives students knowledge and practice for teaching in higher education.

Career Opportunities:

Students receiving a Masters in History can go on to work with museums and curation as well as teach in a secondary education setting and work as a research historian at both private and governmental organizations.

Career Placements:

Instructors in secondary education; curriculum development and educational publishing; assistant of education and curation at a museum; assistant director at a historic National Park Service site; research historians in private organizations.

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