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Master of Arts in History

Phyllis Jestice

Chair
843.953.7328

jesticepg@cofc.edu

Jason Coy
Program Director
843.953.8273
coyj@cofc.edu

http://history.cofc.edu/graduate-program/index.php

Program Description

The Graduate School of the College of Charleston and The Citadel Graduate College offer a joint master of arts in history providing each student with advanced specialized work in one of three areas: United States history, European history or Asian/African/Latin American history. The program offers qualified holders of the baccalaureate degree the opportunity to pursue historical studies in the midst of some of America’s richest historical treasures. The management of the program is vested in a joint program committee composed of representatives of the two history departments, including the director and the associate director. (The latter two positions rotate between the two institutions.) Diplomas and other documents will indicate that the program was a joint endeavor and will include the names of both institutions.

Minimum Admission Requirements

Degree-Seeking Students

  • Submit a completed application form with a nonrefundable application fee of $50.
  • Submit one official copy of a transcript from each institution of higher learning attended, including documentation of graduation from an accredited four-year college or university.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation, normally from former professors. Each referee should be as specific as possible in the analysis of the applicant’s potential for academic success.
  • Submit an official copy of test scores of the Graduate Record Examination or Miller Analogies Test (must be taken during the last five years). Applicants with exam scores taken through July 31, 2011 must have at least 500 on the verbal and between 4-6 on the writing assessment sections of the GRE. An applicant who fails to meet this score may be allowed to pursue coursework as a provisional student. Upon completion of nine semester hours with no more than three hours in independent study (HIST 770), and a minimum GPA of 3.25, the test score may be waived. The student must make this request in writing to the Joint Program Committee. The minimum verbal score for the GRE taken on or after August 1, 2011 is 150.
  • Submit written evidence of applicant's ability to conduct research and present findings. Ideally, this requirement should be met by submission of a term paper, honors thesis, etc. from a graduate or upper-level course taken in college.
  • Ordinarily, applicants are expected to have completed and passed at least 15 hours of undergraduate history courses beyond the introductory level.
  • Applicants are expected to have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and a 3.0 in the major.

Non-Degree Students

  • Submit a completed application form with a nonrefundable application fee of $45
  • Submit one official copy of a transcript from each institution of higher learning attended, including documentation of graduation from an accredited four-year college or university.
  • With the approval of the director or associate director, non-degree students may be permitted to register for up to 12 semester hours of credit prior to applying for admission to the program. Non-degree students who have taken in excess of 12 semester hours of graduate courses in history must have permission of the Joint Program Committee to continue enrollment in a non-degree status. Courses taken in non-degree status may only be applied towards a degree with the approval of the Joint Program Committee.

Application Deadlines

The Joint Program Committee will consider completed applications for the degree program on the following dates:

Summer & Fall: March 1
Spring: October 15

Plan of Study

In consultation with an advisor, each degree candidate will develop a plan of study, which includes a minimum of nine hours of coursework at both institutions. The plan of study must be submitted to The Graduate School in order to be approved for graduation.

Courses

In addition to lectures and examinations, graduate courses will demand wide reading, thorough research, and advanced historical writing. Only graduate students will be automatically enrolled, but exceptional undergraduates – upper division majors in history and related disciplines who have a minimum GPA of 3.40 in history courses – may be enrolled in 500-level courses. For this, however, they will need permission from the instructor and the Joint Program Committee. No more than two 500-level courses may be taken by an undergraduate, while 600-level and 700-level courses are for graduate students exclusively. Since juniors and seniors will not receive graduate credit for completing these courses, the amount of work required of them will not be as great as that expected of the graduate students. The qualitative expectations remain the same for all students.