M.A. in History

M.A. in History

M.A. in History

The Master of Arts in History at Rowan is designed mainly for students who desire increased competence in historical studies preparatory or supplementary for teaching in that field on the high school or community college level. It is also appropriate for students who seek qualification for admission to a doctoral program at another institution and for students who wish to pursue a liberal education at an advanced level for intellectual challenge and personal self-fulfillment.

Our exciting new program is set in the tradition of a Liberal Arts education. Courses offer an opportunity for students to extend their knowledge and enhance their competence in historical studies through direct, face-to-face interaction with the Rowan's award-winning, full-time faculty members.



  • Total semester hours required for program completion: 30 Semester Hours (s.h.)
  • Students can opt to do either the thesis or non-thesis track M.A. in History:
    • Thesis Track: This track is designed for those who are interested in pursuing original research and is strongly recommended for those who are planning to do doctoral work in history.
    • Non-Thesis Track: This track may be appropriate for those seeking professional development or broader content knowledge.


  • 10 Courses / 30 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements URL: Yes
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 6 S.H.
HIST 05510 Readings & Research in History I 3
HIST 05512 Readings & Research in History II 3
Elective Courses: Choose 24 S.H. (Non-Thesis Track) or 18 S.H. (Thesis Track)
HIST 05506 Research Methods in History 3
HIST 05545 History of Crime 3
HIST 05551 Graduate Independent Study 3
HIST 05561 Early American History Seminar 3
HIST 05562 Nineteenth Century American History Seminar 3
HIST 05563 Twentieth Century American History 3
HIST 05571 Ancient Mediterranean World Seminar 3
HIST 05572 Medieval and Early Modern European History Seminar 3
HIST 05573 Modern European Seminar 3
HIST 05581 African History Seminar 3
HIST 05582 Middle Eastern History Seminar 3
HIST 05583 Russian History Seminar 3
HIST 05584 Latin American History Seminar 3
HIST 05585 East Asian History Seminar 3
HIST 05586 South and Southeast Asian Seminar 3
HIST 05511 Colloquium in American History I 3
HIST 05514 Colloquium in American History II 3
HIST 05516 Colloquium in American History III 3
HIST 05522 Colloquium in European History I 3
HIST 05523 Colloquium in European History II 3
HIST 05524 Colloquium in European History III 3
HIST 05531 Colloquium in Global History I 3
HIST 05533 Colloquium in Global History II 3
HIST 05535 Colloquium in Global History III 3
Thesis Track Courses: 6 S.H.
HIST 05601 Master’s Thesis in History I 3
HIST 05602 Master’s Thesis in History II 3

Admissions Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee

  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)

  • Current professional resume

  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives

    • Provide reasons for pursuing the program. Describe how you might use this program to advance your career (educational goals beyond the master's level, if applicable, are also relevant).
  • Two letters of recommendation

    • Letters of recommendation should be from professional administrators and include information, which attests to applicant's ability to pursue a graduate degree
  • A writing sample demonstrating the ability to present a thesis in a literate and reasoned manner. (Sample may be an undergraduate paper, essay, or analytical book review.)

  • Recommended submission of official GRE test scores

    • Students who choose not to submit a GRE score are asked to submit a second writing sample with their application.
  • Optional Interview: Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted directly by the Faculty Admissions Committee.


Start Dates & Application Deadlines

The chart below details available entry terms for the M.A. in History program as well as corresponding application deadlines. Submitting the Application Form is only the first step to beginning the admission process. All of the required materials listed above must be received on or before the application completion deadline for your desired entry term to be considered for admission to that term. We encourage you to complete the application form and begin submitting your materials at least one month before the deadline indicated.

Entry Term Start Date Application Deadline
Fall September 1 July 1
Spring January 19 November 1
Summer May 18 April 1