M.A. On Campus


Montana State University

12 months
17692 USD/year
17692 USD/year
5568 USD/year
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The Department of History and Philosophy Graduate Program at the Montana State University is designed to train students to think historically, to conduct research effectively, and to write lucidly. 


Students in the History program at the Montana State University research and write in seminar settings as well as individually under the guidance of a faculty committee. The program seeks to expand students' intellectual horizons and expose students to the variety of roles played by historians in academic and public life through seminar discussions, classroom instruction, teaching assistantships, and internships.

The department offers concentrated training in three particular areas: the history of science, technology and society; environmental history; and history of the American West. While the degrees offered by the Department are grounded in American history, the faculty is committed to familiarizing students with critical theoretical concerns, the history of women in a multicultural context, and to encouraging students to think about the history of the United States in a global context.

Mastery of Subject Matter

Mastery of the major field will be determined by:

  • a thesis or professional research paper
  • a record of excellence in all courses taken as part of the graduate program
  • two written exams, generated by the student's committee (taken in the student's last semester)
  • a two-hour final oral examination with the student’s committee (taken in the student's last semester

Programme Structure

Course Requirements

  • The M.A. degree requires a total of 30 credit-hours.
  • All students must take History 503: History of America Before 1860 (3 credits); History 505: U.S. History 1860 to the Present (3 credits); History 512: Topics in World History (3 credits); and History 540: Historical Methods (3 credits).
  • In addition to the courses listed above, students may also take up to three 400-level courses in history and in related disciplines. This could include, for instance, historical geography and internships at museums and historical societies.
  • Students must also complete either Plan A, thesis option, or Plan B, professional paper. Students who follow the thesis option must complete a minimum of 10 credits of History 590: Thesis. Students who follow the professional paper option must complete a maximum of 6 credits of History 575: Professional Paper.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor's degree (or higher) or the equivalent from an accredited, government-recognized university. These degrees are generally four-year-long programs.
  • B average or higher from your undergraduate study (3.0/4.0 GPA, or equivalent).
  • GRE test scores. Most department require this exam, but not all. A combined score of 300 is preferable. Study and preparation before taking the GRE is recommended.
  • Evidence of English language proficiency.
  • 3 letters of recommendation.
  • A personal statement.
  • Official transcripts for all post-secondary coursework completed.

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    5568 USD/year
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Living costs for Bozeman

1099 - 2275 USD /month
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