General Program Requirements
MASTER’S EXAM: All students will take comprehensive exams in their final semester 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 Degreeis designed to take two years for a student who takes 15-16 semester units a year, and three years for a student who takes 8-12 semester units 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: Two-year students will usually take three graduate seminars, three accompanying digital research projects, and one upper division course each year. Three-year students will usually take three graduate research seminars and three accompanying digital research projects in the first year, two graduate research seminars and accompanying digital research projects in the second year, and one graduate seminar and accompanying digital research project plus two upper division courses in the third year.
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. If the graduate roadmap is followed, students will be able to complete their degrees in two years and will need to be on campus two days a week.