THE M.A. PROGRAM IN HISTORY
The M.A. program is intended
to provide students with a solid grounding in the professional study
of history. Because our master’s program serves a varied audience—ranging
from secondary school teachers to predoctoral students—we
seek to provide a curriculum that is broad but allows students to
focus their interests and approach the study of history in a manner
most relevant to their particular professional goals. The program
combines broad-based inquiry into historical issues and developments,
along with training in research methods, information gathering,
and writing. As such, it serves the needs of secondary school teachers,
while offering excellent preparation for government service, library
and archival work, preservation and museum management, public history,
and journalism. The program also provides an excellent foundation
for advanced degrees in law, history, or other social science and
Entering M.A. students, in consultation with their Director of Graduate
Studies, decide upon a major area of historical study, typically
drawn from the list of the major fields for Ph.D. study (i.e., American
history, early modern European history, modern European history,
North and South Atlantic history, East Asian history, and Latin American and Caribbean history). The student
may instead select a comparative focus or a more topically oriented
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A minimum of 30 credit hours is required; up to 6 hours may be transfer
- History 500: Doing History: History Methodology and Research
One core course chosen
from selection below involving the student’s major area of
- History 502-503: Core seminar in American History, 1607-Present
(6 credits); both semesters of this two-semester course are required.
- History 504-505: Core seminar in European History, Early Modern
and Modern (6 credits); both semesters of this two-semester course
- History 507: Core seminar in East Asian History (3 credits),
a one-semester course.
- History 506: Core seminar in North and South Atlantic History
(3 credits), a one-semester course.
- History 559-560: Core seminar in Latin American and Caribbean history (6 credits); either semester of this two-semester course is required; both are recommended.
One 600-level research
M.A. Project: The M.A.
project is a 30-40 page piece of original research conducted under
the guidance of a faculty member. It may be an extensive revision
of a paper written for a research seminar.
Each M.A. student, after initial consultation with the Director
of Graduate Studies, will be assigned a faculty advisor who will
aid the student in developing an appropriate program of coursework.
If feasible, the assignment will be made in the student’s
expressed general area of interest.
- Baccalaureate degree or equivalent
- Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better
- 18 credit hours of history
- The aptitude portion (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing)
of the GRE
1. Application (try
our new on-line form) with a $75 nonrefundable fee (pay online,
or send a check or money order made out to the University at Buffalo
and payable in U.S. funds)
2. Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
3. Two letters of recommendation, preferably from professors in
history or related disciplines (three letters are required for consideration
to receive any available SUNY Underrepresented Minority Graduate
here for Recommendation Letter Form).
4. A sample of written work. This should be a paper of approximately 10-20 pages that best demonstrates your ability in historical research and writing.
5.Statement of purpose.
- In 800-1000 words, tell us about your reasons for applying to the program, and what you plan to accomplish while you are here. Please be sure to consider the following questions:
- How will coursework and research in our department help you further your broader career and/or life goals? How will an MA be useful to you?
- What in your intellectual and/or personal history led you to want to study history? Are there particular books, topics, or approaches that inspired your interest?
- What area of history do you plan to focus on in your coursework and research? Do you have an idea of what you would like to research and write about for your thesis? Why does this subject interest you?
- How does your proposed area of study coincide with the work of professors in our department? Who among the faculty might be a reasonable choice to advise a thesis on your proposed topic?
6. The aptitude portion
(verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing) of the GRE. Please Note: UB's Institution Code is 2925. GRE scores should no more than three years old at the time of application.
Internet based TOEFL = 79
7. For international students, the financial statement and a TOEFL score (for
those whose native language is not English). For U.S. citizens whose native
language is not English, a TOEFL score. The minimum TOEFL scores are as follows:
Paper based TOEFL = 550
Computer test = 213
Fall semester: April 1 (Applications will be accepted beyond this
date, and into the late Spring and Summer, on a space-available
Spring semester: October 1 (Applications will be accepted beyond
this date on a space-available basis).
Provide a stipend of $7,500 per academic year, plus a tuition waiver
for two years. There is no teaching obligation attached to this
Admission to Ph.D.
from the M.A.
Students completing their M.A. in history at UB may apply for admission
to the Ph.D. program. They should consult with the Director of Graduate
Studies regarding the application deadline and procedures. The decision
is made by the department’s Admissions Committee and is based
on a review of all the application materials. (NB: Ph.D.
admissions standards apply to all applications; no special consideration
is given if the M.A. was conferred at UB.)
Tuesday, May 29, 2012