Master of Arts
In this program the Master of Arts degree is ordinarily an incidental degree that can be granted on the way to full Ph.D. candidacy. It can also be awarded under other circumstances. To be granted an M.A. degree in History the student must have completed at least twelve courses totaling 36 graded credits and a Master’s Essay approved by the advisor. The Master’s Essay will be a paper of the kind and quality that could be submitted as an article to a refereed journal for possible publication. Students can apply to receive the M.A. degree once these requirements are complete.
Doctor of Philosophy
Candidates for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in History are required to pass at least 12 semester courses totaling 36 graded credits. Students must take a set of written exams covering three fields of study as approved by the advisor and a two-hour oral examination.
Students must demonstrate foreign language mastery or proficiency as specified in the descriptions of their academic programs within the department.
The Graduate Studies Committee will review all first- and second-year students before the conclusion of the spring semester and authorize their continuation in the program.
Students are expected to complete pre-dissertation requirements, including coursework, language examinations, general examinations and the dissertation prospectus, prior to the beginning of the third year of study. Students may petition for a one-term extension to fulfill these requirements with approval of the Director of Graduate Studies and the Graduate School. Students in the fields of Ancient Europe and Medieval Europe are eligible for a two-term extension to complete all pre-dissertation requirements.
After submission of the dissertation, a final oral examination is given in which the candidate must defend the dissertation.
Program in Legal History
The history department, in cooperation with the School of Law, enables students to develop special competency in American legal history and in English legal history. A joint committee of the faculty in history and in law administers the program. Admission to the program is through the usual procedures of admission to the Department of History.