History, Master of Arts (078)
Department website: http://www.wku.edu/history
Alexander I. Olson, email@example.com, (270) 745-4201
This program is designed to prepare students for the teaching of history on the junior or senior college level and to provide the initial graduate work for those who intend to pursue a doctoral degree.
Joint Undergraduate Master's Program (JUMP)
This degree offers a Joint Undergraduate Master's Program (JUMP) which provides academically outstanding students the opportunity to complete both an undergraduate and graduate degree in approximately five years. Contact the graduate program coordinator for additional information.
All applicants must sit for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and submit scores to the university as part of their application. There are no exceptions to this requirement even for candidates with graduate degrees. The advanced test in History is not required.
Applicants must meet the following admission standards set forth by the History Department:
- Completion of at least 18 undergraduate credit-hours in history with a grade point average of at least 3.0 in history courses (on a 4.0 scale)
- An overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
- A GRE Verbal Reasoning section score of at least 500 (if taken before Aug. 2011) or 153 (if taken Aug. 2011 or later)
- Applicants must submit application and all supporting materials by June 1 (fall semester start) or November 15 (spring semester start)
Applicants must also submit:
- A brief (approximately 750 words) personal statement that discusses why they wish to pursue the Master of Arts degree in History;
- A sample research paper (at least five pages long).
The History Department will admit students twice a year on a competitive, academic merit-based basis. The History Department may limit the number of students admitted to maintain the quality and size of the MA program's student body.
Graduate School Admission
Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.
Program Requirements (30-36 hours)
A student who has an undergraduate major in history may be permitted to take six to nine hours of graduate work in a related field in courses approved by the Graduate Advisor. A student who presents an undergraduate minor in history must complete the entire program in the field of history.
Plan A - Thesis (30 hours)
|HIST 599||Thesis Research/Writing||6|
|Modern foreign language reading proficiency|
|Select 21 hours of electives||21|
Plan B - Non-Thesis (36 hours)
|HIST 535||Historiography 1||3|
|Select 33 hours of electives||33|
May be met by demonstrating proficiency in a foreign language or completing HIST 535.
Students should contact the History Graduate Advisor early in their programs for help in compiling a list of books and articles to study in preparation for the comprehensive exam. Students must pass the comprehensive exam (written and oral) over course work, bibliography, and (if Plan A) thesis.