Degree Requirements

M.A. Degree Requirements

The master’s program in history requires satisfactory completion of 30 credit hours of graduate courses including at least 6 hours in history research seminars and the passing of a comprehensive oral examination.

Soon after admission, the student should select a faculty member as his or her advisor. The advisor directs the student’s work and advises the student about selecting Option A or Option B.

Option A

3 fields of history. The fields are the equivalent of secondary fields drawn from 3 different major fields. With the consent of departmental advisors, when a student’s program warrants a substitution, she or he may substitute an allied field outside the department that provides vital support for the program (e.g., substituting international relations for U.S. diplomatic history). At least 9 hours of course work must be taken in each of the 3 fields. Students must take HIST 805.

9 hours of work in courses numbered HIST 801 or higher and 6 hours of research seminar are required. Normally, at least 3 hours of seminar under each program should be taken with the student’s program advisor, who chairs the oral examining committee.

All master’s candidates must produce 2 professional-quality, article-length papers (approximately 30 pages) in the 2 required seminars. The final oral examination for the master’s degree includes questions concerning the papers as well as coverage of the student’s major and secondary fields.

Option B

A major field and 1 secondary field. At least 2 history faculty members must serve on the student’s M.A. committee for the major field. At least 18 hours of course work in the major field and 9 hours in the secondary field must be taken. Students must take HIST 805.

9 hours of work in courses numbered HIST 801 or higher and 6 hours of research seminar are required. Normally, at least 3 hours of seminar under each program should be taken with the student’s program advisor, who chairs the oral examining committee.

All master’s candidates must produce 2 professional-quality, article-length papers (approximately 30 pages) in the 2 required seminars. The final oral examination for the master’s degree includes questions concerning the papers as well as coverage of the student’s major and secondary fields.

Contact Info

Department of History

Wescoe Hall
1445 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 3650
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594
785-864-3569
History site
Paul Kelton, Chair
785-864-3569
pkelton@ku.edu
Chris Forth, Associate Chair/Scheduling Officer
785-864-8036
cforth@ku.edu

Department of History

Wescoe Hall
1445 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 3650
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594
785-864-3569
History site
Nathan Wood, Director of Undergraduate Studies
785-864-9458
ndwood@ku.edu

Department of History

Wescoe Hall
1445 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 3650
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594
785-864-3569
History site
Jeffrey Moran, Director of Graduate Studies
785-864-9461
jefmoran@ku.edu
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