MA in History - American History

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MA in History with a Concentration in American History

A master's in American History can make a lawyer more persuasive, a comedian funnier, a sports commentator more historically accurate and an actress more convincing.

As you can see, master's degrees in American History aren’t just for professors any more. They’re for anyone who wants a greater understanding of the politics and policy, literature, society and culture that make us America.

Use your degree to go into research, writing, banking, government or publishing. Your expanded interest and extra years studying American history show employers an impressive level of commitment that gives you an edge in the applicant pool.

You’re also likely to bring home a bigger paycheck. A recent study completed by Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce* shows that students with history degrees, especially American History, command higher salaries than those with other humanities degrees.

What You Will Learn

You will explore major political, cultural, social, and economic shifts in American society and their relevance to people around the globe today. Through sophisticated applications of chosen topics and methodologies, you will exit the program a true American history scholar.

*Source: "What's It Worth? The Economic Value of College Majors," Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, © 2011.

Where You Can Go

  • Post-secondary education
  • Museum work
  • Archiving or publishing 
  • Government institution
  • Banking
  • Economist
  • Historical consulting firm

Admission Requirements

Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our five graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options.  Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts.

Additional requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree (can be in a discipline outside of the intended MA degree program).
  • Statement of Purpose: 200-500 words explaining why you wish to enter the program.
  • Writing Sample:  Minimum 3-5 pages (i.e. research paper, creative work, critical analysis of a literary piece, or work from previous academic studies).
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