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Master's Degrees in History at the University of Utah

The Master of Arts degree program provides general competence in a selected field of study and substantive training as a research historian. The MA differs from the MS in requiring proficiency in a foreign language and an intensive research experience. The MA is normally a degree preparatory for doctoral work. The MA in US History is a researchintensive, non-thesis degree; in all other fields, the MA requires completion of a thesis.

In addition to the departmental requirements noted in the History Graduate Handbook, please read the University requirements for the Master's degree, which are listed on the Graduate School website.

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MA/MS Departmental Requirements

For a complete list of Master's Degree Requirements, please review the Graduate Handbook, pages 13-24.

MA/MS students must form a supervisory committee no later than the second semester of graduate study.

Supervisory committees for master's students consists of at least 3 faculyy members, a majority of whom should hold regular faculty appointments and come from the Department of History.

Graduate school regulations for Supervisory Committees can be found on the Graduate School website, and in the Department Graduate Handbook pages 13-15.

Non-thesis degree

Candidates must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of post-baccalaureate upper division (5000 level & above) coursework in History.

Requirements:

  • HIST 7800: History Methods
  • HIST 7500 & 7510
  • Two reserach seminars; at least one of which must be in major field.

See the History Graduate Handbook pages 15-16.

Candidates for the MA degree in all fields except US History must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of post-baccalaureate upper division (5000 level & above) coursework in History. 

Requirements:

  • HIST 7800: History Methods
  • Two research seminars; at least one of which must be in major field.
  • 6 credit hours of HIST 6970: Thesis work.

See the History Graduate Handbook pages 16-17

Candidates for the MS degree must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of post-baccaluaureate upper-division (5000 level & above) coursework in History.

Requirements:

  • HIST 7500 & 7510
  • One research seminar i their major field.

See the History Graduate Handbook page 21. 

Satisfactory progress requires timely and satisfactory completion of all coursework and steady progress toward qualifying exams and thesis and dissertation defense.

The department conducts an annual Progress Evaluation Review every spring to assess students' progress in the programs of study. The best way for student to ensure that they
are on track is to maintain regular contact with supervisory committee chairs and members. Where deficiencies in a student's progress have been identified, the student should consult with hi/her supervisory committee and then develop a specific plan for addressing those deficiencies within a six-month period.

See History Graduate Handbook pages 5-6.

MS candidates do not need to complete a language requirement.

All MA students must achieve standard proficiency in one foreign language. Students should contact the History academic advisor to learn how to fulfill this requirement. MA students may also be required by their Supervisory Committee to master other foreign languages to conduct research and read scholarship in their chosen fields. Language credits will not count towards fulfillment of degree requirements.

See History Graduate Handbook page 17.

MA Thesis Requirement: International & Thematic Major Fields
Candidates for the MA degree in all fields except US History will prepare a thesis
that constitutes a substantive contribution to historical scholarship. The Supervisory Committee will evaluate the thesis, determine its acceptability, and administer a final oral exam based in part on the thesis.

MA Portfolio:
Candidates for the MA degree shall submit to the members of their supervisory committee a portfolio of materials during the final semester of their coursework. This portfolio will consist of written work completed during the candidate’s course of study including: the thesis for candidates in fields other than US History, both seminar papers, two annotated syllabi for proposed courses in the candidate’s major fields, and an annotated bibliography of readings, the scope of which will be determined in consultation with the supervisory committee.

MS Portfolio:
Candidates for the MS degree shall submit to the members of their supervisory committee a portfolio of materials during the final semester of their coursework. This portfolio will consist of written work completed during the candidates’ course of study, two annotated syllabi for proposed courses in the candidates’ major fields, and an annotated bibliography of readings, the scope of which will be determined in consultation with the supervisory committee.

See History Graduate Handbook pages 17-23.

Students are responsible for filling out forms with the Academic Advisor and Director of Graduate Studies in a timely manner so that their student records can be updated and the studen will not fall out of compliance with the Graduate School. 

All forms can be found here. 

Requirements for students who wish to switch tracks, either MS to MA or MA to MS, must complete the following by the graduate admissions deadline (mid-January) of their first year of study and submit it to the Director of Graduate Studies. Student must have completed at least one semester before petitioning to change degree track.

  • Provide a letter from a Department of History faculty member stating that they will act as your major supervisor.
  • Provide an academic transcript for your previous semester(s).
  • Provide a letter of explanantion as to wwhy you feel MS/MA is better suited than the MS/MA to your interests and scholarly goals.
  • Complete the Supervisory Committee form.

See History Graduate Handbook pages 19 and 24.

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Last Updated: 6/1/22