History, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
University rank #60 (WUR) , IN,
Historians recover and interpret the social worlds, ideas and practices of the past within a structured intellectual environment. As a history student, you learn techniques that allow you to analyse – in depth and with reference to most regions of the world – the great social, economic, political and cultural changes of the modern world.


You will approach the past, and those historians who have interpreted it, in a critical fashion, using a wide range of primary sources including personal and official documents, film, ‘born digital’ information, oral testimonies, and material objects.

Types of History Programs

Following admission, the student may pursue either a non-thesis option, which most of our students seek, or do a thesis option, which fewer students pursue. The decision does not have to be made early in the program.

Non-Thesis Option

  • The Non-thesis option consists of thirty-three credits of 500-level or 600-level courses. Of these, at least nine courses or 27 credit hours must be in history classes. The remaining two courses, or six hours, may be in history courses, or could be in a related field of the student’s choice.
  • Of the nine history courses, at least four must be in 600-level research and writing seminars of the student’s choice. The remaining five classes may be either 500-level or 600-level classes of the student’s choice. Students are permitted lots of opportunities to select those classes in which the student is interested.
  • Based on the student’s courses, the student creates a Graduate Examining Committee as he/she completes the studies for the MA. Completion of the course work is followed by comprehensive written exams developed by the student’s examining committee. The exams are over the courses taken by the student.

Thesis Option

  • The thesis option involves eleven 500-level or 600-level classes of which at least three 600-level research and writing seminars must be taken, plus HIST 698—MA Thesis.
  • The Thesis enrollment is directed by the faculty member who is the student’s research director and heads a three-member thesis committee.
  • The thesis must follow the standards established by The Graduate School, be approved by the thesis committee, and be presented in a thesis defense. Beyond the thesis defense, there are no comprehensive exams.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Historical Controversy
  • The Early Modern World
  • The History of Now
  • The Making of the Modern World

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    33 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Schedule IELTS

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Regular admission involves:

  • completing an on-line application;
  • submitting three letters of recommendation (these may be done on line, if the recommender wishes)—at least two of the three letters should focus on the ability of the applicant to undertake graduate study;
  • payment the $60 graduate application fee;
  • submitting a 300- to 500-word statement on why the student wishes to undertake graduate study;
  • submitting two official transcripts of all previous collegiate work; and/or
  • submitting the scores of the Graduate Record Examination only if the student’s undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) is below a 3.0/4.0.

Tuition Fee

  • National Applies to you

    14397 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14397 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State Applies to you

    4996 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4996 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for West Lafayette

  • 1096 - 1780 USD/month
    Living Costs

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