In line with the Madonna University mission, the Master of Arts program in history is founded on intellectual inquiry and is intended to promote the professional, career, and personal goals of students, with a respect for diversity. Collectively, our program reflects our commitment to enhance historical understanding by strengthening the ability of graduate students to analyze and interpret the past.
- Focused on United States history, with a balanced approach that meets the education professional’s need to study a variety of historical topics and time periods, while at the same time deepening understanding of how history works as a discipline on the higher levels.
- A carefully designed set of courses that give breadth to your degree by study of Europe and the World in a way that specially complements American history.
- Attention to both diversity and core traditions of world cultures, including the United States.
- Emphasis on information literacy; i.e., the ability to find, assess, and use scholarly sources available through modern libraries and professional library faculty.
- Students engage in original historical research by working on a variety of papers through their classes, and assembling a portfolio of research work accomplished. A master’s thesis is not required.
- Most courses offered in a "hybrid" in-class/online format that allows a student to finish in two years while typically coming to campus only one night a week. (This assumes you will take two courses per semester.)
- Our program takes student advising and personal attention to students very seriously. The program faculty are committed to excellence in advising, and will help you craft your graduate work in a way that is both welcoming and professional.
Students completing the curriculum and requirements for the Master of Arts degree in History at Madonna University will be able to:
- explain the content boundaries, methodology, epistemology, and teleology of the discipline of history.
- explain the continuities and changes that characterize defined periods of United States and global history.
- explain the causes and effects of selected pivotal events in United States and global history.
- assess the impact of selected individuals and communities upon their own and subsequent history.
- interpret, assess, and use professional journal articles, monographs, and primary sources related to the discipline of history.
- assess scholarly works related to major themes in United States and global history and explain their historiographical context.
- create historical scholarship and present this scholarship professionally in a variety of modes.
Admission to the program is determined on the basis of the following criteria:
A bachelor degree from an accredited institution, with an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (an average of 2.75 to 2.99 will be reviewed for conditional admis-sion);
At least 20 semester hours in history from an accredited institution with an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 in history (an average of 2.75 to 2.99 will be reviewed for conditional admission);
Letters of recommendation from two previous academic professors;
An interview with a History Department faculty member;
- A writing sample.
Program Requirements (30 s.h.)
- Introductory Colloquium (3 s.h.)
- United States Readings (15 s.h.)
- European and Area Studies Readings (9 s.h.)
- Capstone Colloquium (3 s.h.)
Students may transfer up to 6 semester hours of graduate credit, with departmental approval.
- August 1 for overseas applicants, September 1 for applicants transferring within the US (To start: Fall Semester)
- December 1 for overseas applicants (To start: Winter semester)
- April 1 for overseas applicants, May 1 for applicants transferring within the US (To start: Spring/Summer semester)
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