College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Degree Requirements

General Program Requirements

The degree requirements consist of:

  1. A minimum of 25 units of 500 or 600 level courses. Only 4 units of HST 600 may be used to satisfy this requirement. Students will be expected to enroll in the same courses as a cohort.
  2. A maximum of 20 units of 300 and 400 level courses.
  3. Total: at least 45 quarter units of course work.
  4. Comprehensive Examinations. (Master’s theses may only be attempted with permission; almost all students will be expected to complete comprehensive examinations.)

Graduate Guidelines

MASTER’S EXAM: All students will take comprehensive exams in their final quarter at the end of either their second year of the two-year program, or their third year of a three-year program in order to qualify for the MA degree. The comprehensive exams will be offered for all the students on the same dates.

PROGRESS TOWARD DEGREE: Students are expected to demonstrate consistent progress toward their degree. The Master’s Degree is designed to take two years for a student who takes six courses a year, and three years for a student who takes four courses a year. All MA students should complete their degrees by the end of the third year.

FIELDS: All students will take courses in both US and World history; it is not possible to specialize in one field.

COURSE LOAD: All two-year students will take two courses each quarter; six courses each year. Three-year students will take four courses per year (one course per quarter in two quarters, two courses in one quarter).

Graduate courses are offered in the late afternoons and evenings so as to accommodate teachers’ schedules. The 500 and 600 level courses will be taken by all the MA students as a cohort, although students have a few options for elective courses.