For admission to the master's program, the department requires a 3.0 minimum grade point average in undergraduate study, GRE general test scores, transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a statement of academic objectives, and an example of written work (up to 20 pages). Letters of recommendation should be from people qualified to assess the applicant's readiness for graduate study. Normally, applicants will have been undergraduate majors or minors in History.
Students with perceived academic deficiencies may be admitted conditionally. To remove the conditional status, students must meet Graduate School requirements, which are described in the Admission Requirements section of the Bulletin, and they must satisfy all additional requirements stipulated by the chair and director of Graduate Studies.
In addition to the Graduate School criteria for regular admission, students whose native language is not English must score at least 71 on the TOEFL iBT Examination. The department presumes that applicants who have fulfilled these requirements possess an adequate knowledge of English. If, upon their arrival at the university, it is determined that they do not possess an adequate command of English, the department reserves the right to require appropriate remedial courses.
Members of all underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Department of History has a retention policy more stringent than the general policy of the graduate school. The department's policy is published in its Handbook. Students should consult the Handbook for a description of the policy.
Continuous Enrollment Requirement: Students must meet the requirement specified in the front section of this Bulletin.
Research and Scholarly Integrity Education
All faculty holding Regular or Associate graduate faculty status, must complete CITI training modules required by the Graduate School and their departments. All graduate students must complete the CITI training modules required by the Graduate School and their departments the first semester they are enrolled in graduate school. The RSIE policy and training information are found on the Graduate School web page –www.usm.edu/graduate-school. Contact the Dean of the Graduate School if you have any questions regarding the policy of training information.
Master of Arts, War and Society Emphasis
This program is intended for graduate students in History with a war and society orientation. Students must complete the following requirements:
- Successful completion of thirty-three (33) semester hours (18 hours of 600 level or higher) as follows:
- Twelve (12) hours of core courses: HIS 710 , HIS 711 or HIS 712 ; HIS 720 , HIS 725 or HIS 726 ; and HIS 722 .
- At least twelve (12) hours of War and Society content courses selected from the following: HIS 502 , HIS 514 , HIS 516 , HIS 517 , HIS 530 , HIS 532 , HIS 533 , HIS 537 , HIS 556 , HIS 558 , HIS 561 , HIS 563 , HIS 565 , HIS 566 , HIS 573 , HIS 574 , HIS 585 (may be repeated for a total of 9 hours), HIS 599 , HIS 736 (may be repeated for a total of 9 hours), HIS 774 , HIS 799 .
Depending on the course topic, these classes might also be acceptable. The permission of the department's graduate coordinator is needed to use these courses: HIS 578 , HIS 579 , HIS 580 , HIS 581 , HIS 582 , HIS 583 , HIS 731 , HIS 732 , HIS 733 , HIS 734 , HIS 735 , HIS 740 , HIS 745 , HIS 772 , HIS 773 .
- Six (6) hours of minor field coursework in history. If the minor field is in American or European History, the historiography course from requirement AIII above may count as three (3) of these minor field credit hours.
- Students seeking a master of arts degree must write and defend a thesis, which will confer six (6) hours of credit within the minimum hourly requirements.
- A reading knowledge of one foreign language.
- During the final year of study, the student will take a comprehensive written examination.
- A 3.0 GPA is required for graduation.
In the comprehensive examination, all master's students must demonstrate proficiency in one primary area of emphasis and one secondary area. Two members of the examining committee will represent the primary area, and one member will represent the secondary area. A list of approved secondary emphasis areas is available in the department's handbook. The nature and scope of the material to be included from each area will be determined by the graduate committee.
The M.A. student should successfully complete fifteen (15) hours of course work in the primary area and six (6) hours in the secondary area in addition to HIS 710 and the 6 hours of thesis work.
The M.A. thesis must be written in the primary emphasis area.