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History Graduate Studies
The master's degree programs in the Department of History are designed to fulfill a variety of academic and professional objectives. The program facilitates preparation for entry into doctoral programs in history and for teaching at the university, community college, and secondary levels. Graduate work in history also provides an excellent background for careers in law, theology, business, government service, and writing, and for specialized work as a museum curator, librarian, archivist, editor, historic site specialist, and research historian.
Normally broad in its academic scope, the master's degree program in history is also sufficiently flexible to permit a diversity of programs tailored to meet the needs of individual students.
Areas of Graduate Study
Concentrations in United States history, European history and history of the wider world are also available at the master's level. Within these fields, students may pursue interests in a number of areas, including: women's history; cultural, social, and political history; Atlantic and Mediterranean/Middle Eastern history; and interdisciplinary work with the Women's Studies and African and African American Studies Programs. A formal concentration in labor and reform movements in the United States is also available.
Online MA Program
In addition to our on-campus offerings, Indiana State University now offers an Online MA option. This program includes 33 credit hours which can be completed part-time in about three to five years of study. Typical courses include intensive reading, research, and writing assignments combined with discussion boards and/or synchronous online meetings. The online MA is designed to be flexible to meet the needs of educators and working students.
The emphasis in the Online MA program is on US History. Students seeking other courses of study should contact the department in advance of their application.
Applications for Fall admissions are due April 15 of each year. Student seeking Spring admission must submit their application by September 15 of the previous year. A BA or BS in History or a cognate discipline is required. Prospective students need to complete the application package for the School of Graduate Studies.
Applicants should also send a writing sample to the Department of History and two letters of reference. It is recommended that the General Test of the Graduate Records Examination be taken prior to admission.
Financial Aid and Debs Fellowships
Graduate assistantships are awarded each year to outstanding applicants. Job description for Graduate Assistants. Grants, loans, and work-study programs are also available.
Indiana State University, through the Department of History, also awards the Gertrude and Theodore Debs memorial Fellowships to study in the history of American labor and reform movements. Awarded annually, renewable for a second year, each fellowship is valued at approximately $8,000 per year, and recipients also may apply for a tuition waiver. Up to two fellowships are awarded each year.