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Master of Arts in History
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General Information

  • Degree: Master of Arts in History
  • College: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Department: History

Application Deadlines
We are no longer accepting applications at this time.

Graduate Programs Application Requirements
To apply to the Master of Arts in History program, prospective students must apply for admission to both: 1) Graduate studies at WOU; and 2) the Master of Arts in History Program. Applicants are only admitted into the Master of Arts in History program upon acceptance by both the Graduate Program at WOU and the History M.A. program. The dual-path application process can be completed by submitting the following materials for both the Graduate Programs Application Requirements and the History Admission Requirements below:

WOU Graduate Program Application Requirements:

  • Completed WOU Application for Graduate Admission form . Submit this form to the Graduate Office, Administration Building office 202. Students must be admitted to the WOU Graduate School before being considered for admission to the program. Submit all WOU Graduate School application materials to the Graduate Office at least one week prior to the program admission deadline.

  • Sealed official transcripts from the university that granted your bachelor's degree and from all other institutions of higher education where you completed coursework. A GPA of 3.0 in the last 90 quarter hours (60 semester hours) of coursework is required.

  • $60 non refundable application fee

History Admission Requirements
Admission to the graduate program adheres to the guidelines laid down for general admission by the Graduate Programs at WOU.

  • Students must hold a Bachelor’s degree in History or Social Science discipline with 28 credit hours in History of which 20 credit hours must be upper-division, from an accredited US institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution.
  • Students must have a GPA of 3.00 or above for the last 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of undergraduate study.
  • Students must be accepted into the program by the History Department faculty. The selection process for admission into the program is based on a qualitative evaluation of the student’s previous academic work and potential success in this professional field.
  • Students can enroll in graduate classes either through acceptance in the MA program or by permission of the instructor.
  • Students are also required to show proficiency in a second language for conferral of the MA degree. Language proficiency may be established by passing an exam approved or administered by the department or by passing second year language coursework in the five years prior to applying to the MA program. With departmental approval, students can opt to take language courses while completing graduate coursework.

Application to the Master of Arts in History program. Applicants must also submit directly to the Chair of the Department of History:

  • A Statement of Purpose (In the Statement of Purpose, applicants should discuss how their undergraduate studies have prepared them for their graduate work in history. Applicants should identify the specific fields and topics they wish to study and explain why. The statement should also include a discussion of how the applicants see the MA in History fitting into their academic and professional lives and why they feel WOU can help prepare them.)
  • A writing sample (Applicants should submit a research paper or thesis. The writing sample should not include instructor’s comments or grade notations.
  • Three sealed letters of recommendation (At least two of the letters should be from individuals with whom you have worked in an academic setting and who can comment on your academic performance and writing. Applicants should provide each referee with a signed waiver form, to be included with the sealed letter. The waiver form is available online by clicking onto this link.)
  • GRE scores (general test only, no subject test required; official or unofficial copy acceptable)
  • Copies of all academic transcripts (official or unofficial acceptable)

The History Department awards Graduate Assistantships (GAs) and scholarships each year on a competitive basis. Students wishing to be considered for either of these awards must submit an application at the time of their application to the program. For application for both scholarships, click here.


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