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HISTORY
Master of Arts in History

WSU Aerial shot circa 1955The  Master of Arts in History at Wichita State University offers students an opportunity to pursue graduate study in a small and academically enriching environment. Faculty members take a personal interest in the intellectual growth of their students, and our location within the Wichita metropolitan area enables many students to complete internships with local museums, government agencies and private foundations as part of their degree requirements.

The department's flexible scheduling of courses allows students to complete most degree requirements at night and during the summer months. The Courses 300 and 698  are offered each semeter. Recipients of the MA in history from Wichita State University have been admitted into leading Ph.D. programs across the country, and they have competed successfully on the job market. For more information on our alumni, click here

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For an outline of the procedures and steps involved in completing a graduate degree, click HERE

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Students may follow one of three plans for a graduate degree in history: A thesis program, a non-thesis program or a program in public history. Please note that transfer students have to complete 15 hours of history at WSU. For frequently asked questions about classes, exams, and thesis requirements, click here.


Thesis Program Credit Hours
 
HIST 725, Advanced Historical Method 3
HIST 727, Readings in History 3
HIST 729, 730, 733, 734, Seminars (3) 9
HIST 500 and 600 courses (4) 12
HIST 801, Thesis Research 2
HIST 802, Thesis 2
 

Total    31

Note: Per graduate school requirements, at least 60% of hours must be taken at the 700 level or higher.

At least one seminar and one lecture-based course must be taken outside of the student’s primary comprehensive field.

Students must first pass a foreign language competency examination, pass a written examination in one comprehensive field and pass an oral examination in defense of the thesis. The written examination must precede the oral examination.  Students may take their foreign language exam at any point prior to taking their comprehesive exams. Exams take place during the two weeks following the spring and fall breaks.  For the department's U.S. history reading list, click here. For the public history reading list, click here
 

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Non-Thesis Program Credit Hours 
HIST 725, Advanced Historical Method 3
HIST 727, Readings in History (2) 6
HIST 729, 730, 733, 734, Seminars (4) 12
HIST 500 and 600 courses (5) 15
  Total
36
 
Students must pass written examinations in two comprehensive fields.
 

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Thesis Program in Public History Credit Hours 
HIST 701, Introduction to Public History 3
 

One course selected from the following:  
     HIST 702, Historic Preservation 3

     HIST 703, Museum Administration 3 

     HIST 705, Introduction to Archives 3 
 

HIST 725, Advanced Historical Method 3
HIST 729, 730, 733, 734, Seminars (2) 6
HIST 500 and 600 courses (4) 12
HIST 801, Thesis Research 2
HIST 802, Thesis 2
** HIST 803, Internship 2-4
  Total  35

** HIST 781, Cooperative Education in History may be substituted for HIST 803 with the consent of the director of the public history program. 

Students must pass a written examination in one comprehensive field and pass an oral examination in defense of the thesis. The written examination must precede the oral examination.

Admission

Admission to the history graduate program requires a minimum of 15 undergraduate hours in history with a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) and a 2.75 GPA in the last 60 credit hours completed. The admission process is initiated by submitting an application for admission to the Wichita State Graduate School. The WSU Graduate Bulletin describes general admission procedures.

To apply online, click here.

If you are not sure if graduate school is for you, click here for some questions to consider before you apply.

For more information please contact:

Robert Owens, Graduate Program Coordinator
(316) 978-7794
robert.owens@wichita.edu

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