Prospective Graduate Students

Degree Programs (M.A., M.S., and Ph.D.)

  • Master’s Program

Students may pursue a Master’s degree in the fields of United States, European, and War and Society.  Most students seek the Master of Arts degree, which requires the completion of a thesis.  The Masters of Science, a terminal degree, is also offered.

  • Dual Master’s Programs

In cooperation with the School of Library and Information Science and the Department of Anthropology, the Department of History offers two dual master’s degrees. The History/LIS program prepares students for careers in academic and public libraries as well as archives. The History/Anthropology program prepares students for careers in public history, museums, and cultural resource management.

  • Doctoral Program

Students may pursue a PhD in the fields of American and modern European history.  Students select a broadly-defined major field (for example, American History, 1607-present) and two minor fields of study (for example, medieval Europe and war and society).  Once students pass comprehensive exams in all three fields, they must complete a dissertation which makes an original contribution to historical knowledge.

 

For more detailed information about degree programs in history, consult the University’s Graduate Bulletin and the History Graduate Student Handbook (24-page PDF).

Please address specific questions about the program to the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Kenneth Swope, at Kenneth.Swope@usm.edu.

Instructions for Applying to the Department of History’s Graduate Programs 

For more information on applying to the graduate programs in history at USM, visit our application page.