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Graduate Bulletin

History, M.A.

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS

Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: January 15

Spring: October 15

Applications are evaluated together after the deadline date.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 2

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from teachers or other individuals who are familiar with the applicant's work.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

Applicants are expected to have majored or minored in history at the undergraduate level, but applicants lacking that qualification are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

No.

Statement of Goals:

A clear statement of your interest in the Master's program in history at Temple University and why you feel that program will fill your needs; your major historical interests; your career goals; and your academic and research achievements, if applicable.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE is required. 500 verbal and 500 quantitative

Minimum TOEFL score or range of scores needed to be accepted: 575 on the paper-based test or 230 on the computer-based test. Applicants who score below 600 on the paper-based test or 250 on the computer-based test will be required to take and pass a remedial English course during their first semester at Temple University.

Transfer Credit:

Graduate credits from an accredited institution may be transferred into the History program. The credits must be equivalent to coursework at Temple and carry a "B" grade or better, and not have been used to obtain another degree in order to transfer. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.

 

Program Requirements

Campus Location:

Main Campus, Center City

All the courses are given in the evening at Center City, except thesis writing or preparation for the comprehensive examinations. Comprehensive examinations and thesis defenses are conducted on the Main Campus.

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students are required to complete the degree program through classes offered after 4:30 p.m.

General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30

Required Courses:

Students must take one of the following courses:

HIS 401: Introduction to World History

HIS 402: Introduction to the United States

HIS 408: Introduction to the Third World

HIS 409: Introduction to European History

In addition, students must complete one writing seminar. Other coursework will be determined by the student's program of study. All M.A. students also must meet the following requirements: 15 semester hours in a primary field of study, 9 semester hours in a secondary field of study, 6 hours of electives if appropriate, and as already indicated, 1 introductory course and 1 seminar course.

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Additional Requirements:

Students who select Public History program are required to complete an internship.

All M.A. students in the general program must take at least six hours of coursework outside of a single geographic area. In order to fulfill the geographic distribution requirement, courses of a comparative nature (including independent studies courses) must deal with readings that are at least 50% outside a student’s primary geographic area.

All M.A. students in the general program must take at least six hours of coursework outside of a single geographic area. In order to fulfill the geographic distribution requirement, courses of a comparative nature (including independent studies courses) must deal with readings that are at least 50% outside a student’s primary geographic area.

Culminating Events:

Comprehensive Examination:

The Comprehensive Examination tests the student's mastery of the leading scholarship in his/her primary and secondary fields.

Comprehensive Exam Subject - Subject areas covered by the examination include the course of study in the student's primary and secondary fields.

Comprehensive Exam Complete - Students take the examination after completing 30 hours of coursework.

Comprehensive Exam Write - Two graduate faculty members selected by the student can write questions for one three-hour examination.

Comprehensive Exam Grade - The graduate faculty members who write the questions also evaluate the answers. Each examination is evaluated by two faculty members, each voting a grade of high pass, pass, or fail. If the two faculty members are not in agreement, a third faculty member reads and evaluates the examination and his/her vote determines the outcome.

Comprehensive Exam Pass - The student must answer every question on the exam in order to be evaluated. The evaluators look for an understanding of the core concepts and their application.

Comprehensive Exam Schedule - Comprehensive exams are administered at the M.A. student's request after he/she has completed 30 hours of coursework.

Thesis:

The Master's thesis is an original empirical study that demonstrates the student's knowledge of research methods and mastery of his/her primary and secondary areas of interest. A student preparing to defend a thesis should confirm a time and date with the Master's Evaluator and his/her Thesis Committee, and register with the Graduate Secretary. The thesis is read by the student's adviser and another member of the History Department's graduate faculty chosen by the student. Once the Thesis Committee approves the thesis, the student must defend it.

Contacts

Program Contact Information:

www.temple.edu/histdept/

Department Information:

Dept. of History
Gladfelter Hall (025-24)
1115 W. Berks Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6089
history@temple.edu

215-204-7461

Department Contacts:

Admissions:

Vladislav Zubok
zubok@temple.edu

215-204-8931

Program Coordinator:

Vladislav Zubok
zubok@temple.edu

215-204-8931

Graduate Chairperson:

Vladislav Zubok
zubok@temple.edu

215-204-8931

Chairperson:

Richard H. Immerman
rimmerma@temple.edu
215-204-7466

About the Program

Temple University offers a varied and flexible program for graduate training in history on the M.A. level. While general requirements ensure that every Temple graduate is familiar with the basic issues of history and the latest approaches of professional historians, students are encouraged to tailor their programs to their own particular interests. To enrich their appreciation of history, students are welcome to study in other disciplines. This program provides enrichment opportunities for teachers in secondary schools, students hoping to pursue history doctorates elsewhere, and professionals in various public history fields. Philadelphia is a rich public history environment with numerous opportunities for internships and field work.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 3 years

Campus Location:

Main Campus, Center City

All the courses are given in the evening at Center City, except thesis writing or preparation for the comprehensive examinations. Comprehensive examinations and thesis defenses are conducted on the Main Campus.

Students are required to complete the degree program through classes offered after 4:30 p.m. Students are able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester).

Department Information:

Dept. of History
Gladfelter Hall (025-24)
1115 W. Berks Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6089
history@temple.edu

215-204-7461

Ranking:

Not applicable.

Accreditation:

Not applicable.

Areas of Specialization:

Faculty members specialize and offer substantial coursework in the folowing areas: American Social and Urban History, Military and Diplomatic History, European Social and Cultural History, Third World History and World and Comparative History.

Job Placement:

Primary and secondary schools and public history institutions (i.e., archives, museums, historical parks, government agencies).

Affiliation(s):

The History program at Temple is affiliated with the Biographical Dictionary of Pennsylvania Legislators, Center for African-American History and Culture, Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy, The Myer and Rosaline Feinstein Center for American Jewish History, Social Science Data Library, and Temple's Urban Archives.

Interdisciplinary Study:

The program encourages interdisciplinary coursework, research, and interactions among faculty and students.

Study Abroad:

No.

Licensure:

Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Non-matriculated students are permitted to take up to 9 credit hours worth of courses and these courses will transfer into their degree work after their admission into the program only if they earn a grade of "B" or higher in each one.

Financing Opportunities