Feb 21, 2024
Program Code: MA_255B
CIP Code: 54.0101
Program of Study for the Master of Arts in History
Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; official general GRE exam scores, unless waived; cover letter stating reasons that the applicant wishes to enter the program in history; sample of written work such as a research paper.
To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. Meeting this condition does not guarantee admission.
Standardized Exam Waiver Eligibility: The standardized exam (GRE) is waived for applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Location: On Campus
Additional Standardized Exam Waiver Eligibility Information
Standardized exam (GRE, GMAT, MAT) waiver eligibility for graduate degree programs at Appalachian State varies by program, but requires that applicants hold a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher in their last earned bachelor’s degree or 3.3 or higher in an earned graduate degree. No exam waiver is automatic but will require review and approval by the program and by the Graduate School upon submission of a complete application. An approved waiver request does not guarantee acceptance into the program. A denied waiver request does not mean that a candidate is denied admission to the program, only that a standardized exam score is needed to more fully evaluate the application. More complete information about standardized exam waivers can be found in the Admissions Requirements section of this Bulletin.
Accelerated Master’s Program
This program offers an Accelerated Master’s option for undergraduate students currently enrolled at Appalachian State University.
Course Requirements for the Master of Arts in History
Total Required (Minimum 30 Hours with Thesis; 36 Hours without Thesis)
Required Course (3 Hours)
Thesis Options (27 or 33 Hours)
Choose at Least 6 Hours from the Research Seminars
Choose at Least 6 Hours from the Readings Seminars
- 15 hours of graduate electives: may be satisfied by enrolling in other History courses or in up to 6 hours of relevant courses in other departments with advice and approval of the advisor.
Choose at Least 9 Hours from the Research Seminars
Choose at Least 9 Hours from the Readings Seminars
Other Requirements for the MA in History
- Thesis: Optional
- Proficiency: Required for General History Concentration only. Students must demonstrate a reading knowledge of a foreign language by either taking the necessary courses for credit and earning a C or above in each course, or passing the exam administered by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.
- Candidacy: Required for thesis students only; awarded upon approval of thesis committee and prospectus
- Comprehensive: A written comprehensive examination is required by the end of the third semester of course work for thesis students, and by the end of the fourth semester of coursework for non-thesis students.
- Product of Learning: Required for Teaching Concentration only.