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

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.