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M.A. in History

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Program Information

The Rowan Experience
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Our Master of Arts in History is tailored toward increasing competence in historical studies for preparatory or supplementary teaching, on both the high school or community college level. It is also appropriate if you are seeking qualification for admission to a doctoral program at another institution or if you are pursuing an advanced-level liberal education for intellectual challenge and personal fulfillment. We offer a thesis and non-thesis track.

Our M.A. program is set in the tradition of a Liberal Arts education. Courses offer an opportunity to extend your knowledge and enhance your comprehension of historical studies with Rowan's acclaimed, full-time faculty members.

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Students can opt to do either the thesis track 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: Optional
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 6 S.H.
HIST 05510 Readings and Research in Global History 3
HIST 05512 Readings and Research in U.S. History 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

Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional actions 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 will indicate any missing items.

  • Completed Application Form
  • $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
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Recommended submission of official GRE test scores
  • 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.)
  • Students without an undergraduate degree in history are required to take HIST 05506, Research and Methods in History, unless they receive an exemption from the graduate advisor based on submitted written work and/or a personal interview. Students are permitted to complete this course within the program.
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Career Outlook

Graduates with a master's degree in history have the opportunity to position themselves in roles across a variety of fields, including educators, museum curators, or archivists. Our program prepares you to advance your career by studying with our dedicated full-time faculty from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.


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