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  Oct 23, 2017
 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

History, MA


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The Purdue University Northwest Master’s degree program in History is designed to stimulate critical thinking, broaden historical knowledge, and enhance research and analytical writing skills. The program is well-suited for social studies and history teachers who wish to enhance their teaching by keeping current in their fields, in addition to students who wish to continue their studies at the Ph.D. level. Critical thinking, research, and analytical skills acquired through this program also prepare students for careers in business, law, public policy, and government.

Special Admission Requirements


  • Scores from the Graduate Record Exam or GRE (at the discretion of the department) may be required. The GRE is mandated for students with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0/4.0.
  • An undergraduate History major or a strong minor.
  • Completion of the application process (submission of official transcripts of all undergraduate work, three recommendations, a 300 to 500-word essay on why the student wishes to attend graduate school and a completed on-line application form). The student may take as many as 12 credits in a temporary or post-baccalaureate status prior to being admitted to the program.

Program Requirements for Non-Thesis Option


Primary Area (27 Credits)


Related Area (6 Credits)


Related areas need not be in History. All classes must be 50000- or 60000-level.

History Electives


At least 12 credits of History at 60000 level. Written and/or oral comprehensive examinations after completion of coursework.

Program Requirements for Thesis Option


Primary Area (24-27 Credits)


Related Area (6 Credits)


Related areas need not be in History. All classes must be 50000- or 60000-level.

History Electives


At least 9 credits of History at 60000 level, plus HIST 69800 - Research MA Thesis . Written and/or oral comprehensive examinations after completion of coursework. Completion of a thesis, and defense of thesis in accordance with criteria of the Graduate School.

Transfer of Credit


No more than two courses from another accredited institution.

Total 33 Credits Required


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