MA in History - Thesis Program in Local and Community History

Admission to the MA program in history requires completion of an undergraduate major in history, or a minimum of 18 hours of history; a grade point average of 2.750 or better, including all undergraduate hours, and a 3.000 grade point average in history. Under unusual circumstances applicants with less than a 3.000 average in history may be granted a probationary admission. Applicants must submit a one page Statement of Purpose, and a writing sample of no more than 20 pages to the graduate coordinator. International students are required to have a minimum TOEFL score of 600 paper-based, or 100 Internet-based, or an overall band score of 7.5 on the IELTS, or a score of 73 on the PTE-Academic. The application deadline for domestic and U.S. resident students for fall admission is March 15, and October 1 for spring admission. For international students, the deadlines are April 1 and August 1, respectively.

Program Requirements 

HIST 701Introduction to Local and Community History3
Select one of the following four courses:3
Historic Preservation
Museum Administration
Introduction To Archives
Internship Public History 1
HIST 528History of Wichita3
or HIST 535 History of Kansas
HIST 725Advanced Historical Methods3
Select 6 credit hours of seminar coursework from any combination of the following courses:6
Seminar American History
Seminar European History
Select 12 credit hours of HIST 500- and 600-level courses12
HIST 801Thesis Research2
HIST 802Thesis2
Total Credit Hours34

HIST 781, may be substituted for HIST 803 with the consent of the director of the local and community history program.

Comprehensive Fields

Students may select from the following areas for their comprehensive examinations:

  • U.S. History
  • The Ancient and Medieval Worlds
  • Modern Europe
  • Local and Community History

Written examinations will be scheduled to take place during a two week period following the spring and fall breaks.