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Master of Arts (MA) History University of Missouri - St. Louis



COVID-19 update: This course will start online and continue on campus later. Read more

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UMSL Cyber Start Grant for Fall 2020 - Under this scheme, F1 international students who are unable to report to campus this fall due to COVID19 are able to pay a reduced rate of tuition. • This will only be for the Fall 2020 semester as the students should be on campus in Spring 2021 paying regular rates. • Any UMSL Global scholarship awarded for Fall 2020 would be deferred until Spring 2021. • Students must be enrolled in a degree program conducive to online learning.

The History M.A. program offers study in U.S. History, World History, History Education, Public History and Cultural Heritage, and Museum Studies. All students receive disciplined advanced work in preparation for doctoral programs or advanced training leading to teaching or other careers. Students select one of two options for completing the Master of Arts degree: thesis or research papers. The first path requires a substantial master's thesis; this path emphasizes depth of knowledge and research competence. The second path requires several research papers. This path emphasizes breadth of historical knowledge. Students should consult with the Director of Graduate Studies to be sure that they have properly selected their fields of study.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

Conduct empirical historical research based on primary source evidence

Compose publishable-quality scholarship that makes an original contribution to knowledge

Evaluate recent scholarship within chosen subfield of study in the context of historiographical trends

Synthesize historical research in interpretive formats, including written papers and essays

Demonstrate facility for presenting historical argument orally and describing research and findings to an audience

Distinguish between different methodological approaches to historical research, writing, and interpretation


All candidates for the M.A. degree in history must complete a core of 26 hours of course work (excluding thesis credit), with no more than nine hours of history and related fields at the 5000 level. This 26-hour core must include seven courses at 3 credit hours each (21 hours in all), and one 5-credit-hour writing seminar consisting of a 2-credit-hour research paper supplement to a 3-credit-hour, 6000-level history readings course.

To earn the 26-hour core, candidates must complete HIST 6000 and select at least one field of study with a minimum of three courses (each at 3 credit hours or more.) Students may use the remaining hours to complete a second field.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Master of Arts (MA) History.

Full Time (32 credit hours)

Tuition fees

$22,980.00 (16,84,089) per year

COVID - 19 Fee Changes-Online Start: UMSL Cyber Start Grant for Fall 2020 - USD $825.00 per credit hour for Graduate tuition + fees (Normally USD $1,228.20 per credit hour + fees)

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution


23-Aug-21, 18-Jan-22, 22-Aug-22


College of Arts and Sciences

1 University Boulevard,

303 Lucas Hall,



63121, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Successful applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree before beginning the master’s program.

Grade Point Average

Minimum of 3.2 on 4.0 scale.

Proof of English proficiency

International students are required to document English proficiency by providing scores from an internationally accepted standardized examination before a decision is made on admission.

Minimum requirements vary by department. It is recommended that students have a 79 TOEFL, 6.5 IELTS, or 53 PTE-A.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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