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2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History, History Education Concentration, M.A.


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Ashley Riley Sousa, Graduate Studies Director
(615) 898-5805
Ashley.RileySousa@mtsu.edu

The History Department offers the Master of Arts in History, Master of Arts in History with concentrations in History Education and Public History, and a Ph.D. in Public History. The History Education concentration is designed for history teachers already in the secondary classroom. Students can choose a specialty field in history (geographic and chronological) and in education (curriculum development or educational leadership) if they desire.

For the most current information about the program, department policies, and admission standards, please visit the department website at www.mtsu.edu/history.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements


Admission to the Master of Arts in History with a concentration in History Education requires

  1. an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college;
  2. an acceptable grade point average in all college work taken;
  3. completion of at least 18 semester hours of undergraduate history courses.

Modifications to the above requirements may be made with the permission of the department’s director of graduate studies and the department’s graduate admissions committee.

Application Procedures


All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Application deadline for the M.A. program is March 1 for fall admission and October 1 for spring admission.

Applicant must

  1. submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php). Once this initial application has been accepted, the applicant will receive directions on how to enter the graduate portal to be able to submit other materials.
  2. submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
  3. submit letter of intent, explaining why applicant wishes to pursue graduate education in history education and why applicant wishes to pursue those studies at MTSU;
  4. submit writing sample (preferably a lengthy research paper that demonstrates writing and research skills);
  5. submit three letters of recommendation from professors or professionals that address the applicant’s potential to successfully complete an M.A. program in history education.

Degree Requirements


The Master of Arts in History with a concentration in History Education requires completion of 33-48 semester hours (thesis) or 33 semester hours (non-thesis).

Thesis Option (33-48 hours)


Once admitted to the program, candidate must

  1. complete a minimum of 33 hours of graduate history courses, all at the 6000 level (see Curriculum section below for specifics);
  2. maintain satisfactory progress toward completion of the degree each semester;
  3. submit and successfully defend an acceptable thesis.

Non-thesis Option (33 hours)


Once admitted to the program, candidate must

  1. complete 33 hours of graduate history courses, all at the 6000 level (see Curriculum section below for specifics);
  2. pass comprehensive examinations;
  3. maintain satisfactory progress toward completion of the degree each semester.

Curriculum: History


Thesis Option (33-48 hours)


The following illustrates the minimum coursework requirements (all at the 6000 level). In addition, a maximum of 18 hours of thesis research may be required to fulfill degree requirements.

Required Core Courses (6 hours)


Thesis Field (12 hours)


  • Minimum 12 hours of either American or European History

Education Electives (12 hours)


  • Elective graduate courses from the College of Education 12 credit hours

Thesis Research (3-18 hours)


Note:

No more than three hours of HIST 6910 /HIST 6920 /HIST 6930  may be counted toward degree requirements.

Non-thesis Option (33 hours)


The following illustrates the coursework requirements (all at the 6000 level) for the non-thesis option.

Required Core Courses (6 hours)


Major Field (15 hours)


  • 15 hours of either American or European History including at least three hours of graduate research seminar in field

Education Electives (12 hours)


  • Elective graduate courses from the College of Education 12 credit hours

Note:


No more than three hours of  HIST 6910 /HIST 6920 /HIST 6930  may be counted toward degree requirements.

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