Master of Arts (MA) in History

The MA in History Program at the College of Staten Island trains students in the ideas, methods, knowledge and skills that distinguish today’s professional historian. In small seminar settings, students collaborate as a community of scholars in reading outstanding examples of historical research under the direction of specialists from the Department’s five areas of concentration: History of Africa and the Middle East; History of Asia; History of Europe; History of Latin America and the Caribbean; History of the United States. Students receive technical training in the specific methods and tools historians use to study the past. Additionally, they demonstrate their mastery of the historian’s craft either by researching and writing a master’s thesis under the supervision of a thesis director or by presenting a portfolio of new research before a faculty committee.

The curriculum for the MA in History consists of eight courses (or 32 credits in total). It can be completed on a full-time basis over four semesters or on a part-time basis over eight semesters.

The History MA Program invites applications from persons who are completing or who have already completed bachelor’s degrees in History or related subjects. It also welcomes applications from persons from other academic backgrounds who possess a passion for history.

Students may enter the History MA Program in either the fall or spring semesters. Applicants must provide two letters of recommendation, a letter or statement of purpose, and a writing sample of approximately 10-pages in length. Applicants are not required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

To find out more about admission and degree requirements for the MA in History Program, click here 

To complete the online application, click here.

Contact Information

Susan Smith-Peter
History MA Coordinator and Associate Professor
Phone : 718.982.3290
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Office of Recruitment and Admissions
Graduate Admissions
Phone : 718.982.2019
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Graduate Catalog

History MA and Public History Advanced Certificate

Students enrolled in the MA program in History at the College of Staten Island may elect to complete an Advanced Certificate in Public History in addition to their History MA degree. The requirements for both the History MA degree and the Public History Certificate can be completed simultaneously through nine courses (or 36 credits), including a public history internship.

For more information on the Public History Certificate, click here

BA/MA Fast-Track in History

An accelerated BA/MA History program at the College of Staten Island allows undergraduate History majors to earn their BA and MA degrees together in five years (rather than the usual six years) and at a reduced tuition cost.

Students accepted into the fast-track program may take four graduate History courses during their final year of undergraduate work. The 16 credits earned from these courses apply toward both the undergraduate History major and the History MA degree.

The fast-track program can be extended to include the Advanced Certificate in Public History, enabling students to obtain the BA, MA, and Advanced Certificate in Public History together.

More information on the fast-track program can be found in our graduate catalog