• Master of Arts in History

    The Master of Arts in History program at Worcester State University helps you further develop your understanding of American, European, and world history. With classes available in the late afternoons, evenings, and during the summer, our convenient, part-time program is designed for working professionals like you, giving you the flexibility to pursue your passion for history. In small classes taught by our accomplished faculty, you’ll expand the breadth and depth of your historical knowledge as well as gain important critical research and writing skills. We’ll work closely with you to identify your academic and career goals—and provide you with the personalized instruction and support to achieve them.

    Our history curriculum offers you 2 unique tracks of study: the portfolio track or the thesis track. The portfolio track culminates in a capstone project that brings together the written work you’ve completed over the course of the program—and allows you to reflect on your learning experience. The thesis track results in a publishable article based on your original research and writing on a topic in history that interests you; we recommend this track if you’re planning to continue your education beyond WSU.

    While many of our graduates have pursued studies beyond the master’s level, others have found great success as history teachers in grades K-12. In fact, a master’s degree in history from WSU may be used toward professional teacher licensure in Massachusetts.

  • Admissions Requirements

    General admission requirements for graduate study together with 18 credits in undergraduate history including the following courses or their equivalents:

    • HI 103 & HI 104 World Civilization I and II
    • HI 111 & HI 112 US History I and II
    Program of Study for the Portfolio Track

    Foundation Courses  (6 credits)

    • HI 910 The Study and Writing of History (3 credits)
    • History Research Seminar (3 credits)

    Distribution History Courses (18 credits)

    • US History Electives (6 credits)
    • European History Electives (6 credits)
    • Non-U.S./Non-European History Electives (6 credits)

    Minor concentration in history or a related field (9 credits)
    Developed in consultation with an advisor.

    The capstone of the program is the presentation of a portfolio. Students will present the portfolio to the graduate coordinator at a meeting after all course work has been completed. The portfolio should include five papers, plus an introductory narrative that reflects upon the student’s program as a whole, provides the necessary context for understanding the five papers, and explains why those particular papers were chosen. One of the papers must be a research paper incorporating primary sources. In addition, the papers should represent work in U.S. History, European History, Non-U.S./Non-European History, and the minor concentration. The portfolio will be assessed by a departmental committee of at least 3 members.

    Total Credits: 33

    Program of Study for the Thesis Track

    Foundation Course(3 Credits)

    • HI 910 The Study and Writing of History (3 credits)

    Major Concentration in U.S. History or World History (21 Credits)

    • 15 credits of elective history courses (U.S. or World)
    • HI 995 / HI 996 (6 credits)

    Minor Concentration in History or a Related Field (9 Credits)
    Developed in consultation with an advisor.

    Students will form a thesis committee of at least 2 faculty members. One will be the primary advisor (and the instructor of record for the thesis courses) who will work closely with the student in their research and writing. The second will read the final version of the thesis. Upon completion of the thesis, the student will schedule an oral defense with the thesis committee.

    Total Credits: 33