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Master’s Degree in History (M.A.): Online and On-Campus

Master’s Degree in History (M.A.): Online and On-Campus

Dr. Steve Stofferahn

The Master's degree program offered by Indiana State University’s Department of History is 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, 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 meet the needs of individual students.  

The program can be completed either on campus or online.  Both options require 33 credit hours which can be completed in two years of full-time study or in about three to five years of part-time study.  Typical courses include intensive reading, research, and writing assignments combined with discussion boards and/or synchronous online meetings.  The online Master’s degree is designed to meet the needs of educators and working students. 


Application Procedures

The Department of History accepts applications on a rolling basis, but applicants must apply no later than September 15 to enroll the following spring, and April 1 to enroll the following fall.  These deadlines also apply to Graduate Assistantship applications.  Exceptions are sometimes applied to the date of enrollment and are made at the Department’s discretion. The entire application process must be completed online through the ISU Graduate Studies office.  To begin the process, click the "Apply Now" button on the College of Graduate and Professional Studies’ homepage:​.

Admissions Criteria: 

The Department of History encourages applicants with an undergraduate major or minor in history or similar area and a corresponding GPA of 3.0 or higher to apply to its Master’s degree program.

Applicants are required to submit:

  1. A personal statement addressing the applicant’s experience with history and/or closely related field, areas of historical interest, and reasons for applying to the master’s program.
  2. A writing sample, preferably a research paper that demonstrates ability in historical research and analysis.
  3. Two letters of recommendation, preferably from those with experience in history.
  4. All forms and fees required by the Indiana State University’s College of Graduate and Professional Studies, including official transcripts (

The application process is selective. The Department takes all of these materials into account when making its decisions and relies upon the expertise of its faculty to determine whether applicants meet the standards required of the discipline.


Financial Aid and Debs Fellowships:

Graduate Assistantships are awarded each year, usually in the fall, to outstanding applicants.  Grants, loans, and work-study programs are also available.

PDF iconassistantship form.pdf

Indiana State University, through the Department of History, also awards the Gertrude and Theodore Debs Memorial Fellowships to study the history of American labor and social reform movements.  Awarded annually, and renewable for a second year, each fellowship is valued at approximately $8,000 per year, and recipients also may apply for a tuition waiver. 

PDF iconDebs Fellowship Application


Graduate Coordinator:

Dr. Barbara Skinner