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The Master of Arts Program

The M.A. in History is designed for students with specific objectives such as community college or secondary school teaching, journalism, archival administration, library or public sector work, personal gratification, etc -- students who normally neither require nor desire a Ph. D. degree. For students completing the M.A. degree, admission to the Ph. D. program will be considered on the same basis as that of new applicants. There is normally no funding for M.A. candidates.

Requirements

The Graduate Committee provides a common program for M.A. and MA/BA candidates that is distinct from the Ph. D. program. Candidates are required to do the following:

  1. Complete a minimum of eight courses, which may include History 700 (with the instructor's permission) but must include at least two 600-level courses and four additional graduate courses in the Department of History or other departments appropriate to their career objectives.
  2. Write a Master's thesis oriented to their specific skills and career plans.
  3. Pass a final examination based upon the Master's thesis and the statement of goals included in the original application for admission. This examination will be conducted by the candidate's academic advisor and at least one other Graduate Group faculty member.

M.A. PROGRAM IN WORLD HISTORY

The Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania also offers a M.A. in World History. This program is also designed for students with specific objectives such as community college or secondary school teaching, journalism, public sector work, or government service and for those who want to think comparatively about the past and who are interested in studying the many linkages among world regions. It is intended particularly for students who neither require nor desire a Ph.D. degree.  A broad program of study, which combines a specialized knowledge of at least one geographic region with the investigation of inter-regional processes and thematic comparisons, will be worked out in consultation with the student’s advisor.

Requirements

Candidates for a M.A. in World History are required to do the following:

  1. Complete a minimum of eight courses, which may include History 700 (with the instructor's permission) but must include: History 670, the Teaching of World History;  at least one graduate level course that has a broad, trans-regional focus; at least one graduate level course with a comparative or thematic focus that has a broad geographical reach; at least one research seminar; and two additional graduate courses in the Department of History or other departments, as appropriate for the student’s special interests. One of these could be an independent study course.
  2. Write a Master's thesis grounded in detailed regional knowledge but informed by attention to trans-regional influences and ties. The topic and methodology must be approved by the student’s advisor.
  3. Pass a final examination based upon the Master's thesis and a statement of intellectual goals developed by the student and his or her advisor.  This examination will be conducted by the candidate's academic advisor and at least one other Graduate Group faculty member.

Note: The University of Pennsylvania requires no formal certification of language skills for the M.A., degree; however, certain technical competency requirements (including language) may be appropriate in the M.A. programs of particular students. In such cases they will be determined by the candidate in consultation with his/her academic advisor.

If you wish to apply to the M.A. PROGRAM IN WORLD HISTORY make this request explicit in your personal statement.