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The decision to seek an advanced degree in the History Program reflects an interest in and an appreciation for the historical past. The History Graduate Program's purpose is threefold:
  • to enhance and deepen the content knowledge of history educators
  • to provide students with research and investigative skills applicable to academic and professional situations
  • to encourage the thoughtful and continuing study of history throughout the lifetime of the individual. 
Our faculty specialize in American History and the History of the Modern World. To apply for admission to this program:
  • Complete the Graduate School application linked below
  • Submit your official transcripts to the Graduate School
  • Submit a personal essay addressing this prompt:  "Describe your background in history, your purpose in pursuing a History MA, and your expectations for the program."  Submission should be made by email to the History Graduate Director, Jonathan Dresner at jdresner@pittstate.edu

History program application deadlines are March 1 for the Fall and Summer semesters and October 1 for the Spring semester.



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  • Credit hours
  • Total minimum tuition = $11,700*
    ( $354 per credit hour + $36 electronic access fee) x 30 credits
    Total maximum tuition = $12,480*
    ( $354 per credit hour + $36 electronic access fee) x 32 credits
    *Cost per credit hour and total tuition is based on 2019-2020 academic year tuition rates , master's program option, and assuming all coursework is completed online in the 2019-2020 academic year. Cost per credit hour and total tuition will vary if studies span over one or more academic year.

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  • About Master's Degree
  • Major Distinctives
  • Career Options
  • History Faculty
Options available for the degree include:

Option I: Thesis
  • This option is designed to prepare students for a doctoral program, for advanced professional careers, or for students wanting to complete an in-depth research experience.  This option requires a minimum of 30 semester hours, including 2 graduate seminars.
Option II: Applied Research
  • This option is designed for students planning to teach history or work in a public history setting.  Students taking this option either present a substantial curricular project with classroom materials or a public history project and representative exhibit.  This option requires a minimum of 33 semester hours, including 3 graduate seminars.
Option III: Course Work
  • This option requires completion of course work that demonstrates evidence of advanced study in an area of concentration. This option requires a minimum of 33 semester hours, including 4 graduate seminars.
Our History Program is committed to excellence in the education of teachers and to completeness in preparing degree-seeking students for many history-related career opportunities beyond teaching that are now available. We strongly believe in the relevance of other disciplines to history and encourage work in those areas relating to the student's historical interests.
A master's degree in history opens advanced career opportunities in non-profit and governmental professions. It is also a requirement to teach college-level courses and strengthens the content capacity of secondary history teachers. Finally, it allows for the pursuit of a doctorate.

About History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences Department

Pittsburg State University’s Department of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences consists of those specialties that have emerged as so desirable in the 21st Century labor force. Top corporations are looking for career-oriented employees, people who can thrive in ambiguity and chaos, who think outside the box, who can shift gears quickly and competently, and who, most importantly, can work with people of every conceivable background, locally or internationally.

Students who want to craft a solid foundation for a rich career and a satisfying existence that draws its knowledge about people from data and research should pursue a degree in the Social Sciences, History, or Philosophy.

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