M.A. degree program in history
HEGIS code 2205
NYS SED program code 02107

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Program Heads

Office Hours
Rawson, Michael Graduate Deputy 718.951.5000 x1166 1119 Boylan Hall mrawson @ brooklyn.cuny.edu Email for appointments


Admission Requirements

Department History
Fall Application Deadline April 15th - Rolling Admission
Spring Application Deadline December 1st - Rolling Admission
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

1. Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (applicants who earned a bachelor's degree outside the United States need to submit a 'Course by Course International Transcript Evaluation.' http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/admissions/graduate/apply/documents.php)

2. Two letters of recommendation (preferably from history professors with whom you have worked)

3. Personal statement (explaining your background, interest in studying history, and reason for choosing our program; no more than 2 pages)

4. Writing sample (a formal 5-10 page paper typically written for an undergraduate or graduate history class providing evidence of your writing and analytical skills).


I. F-1 or J-1 international students must submit English Proficiency Exam. TOEFL- 79, IELTS- 6.5, PTE- 58-63, Duolingo 105-160.

Refer to instructions at http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/admissions/graduate/apply.php .
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) N/A, N/A, N/A


Matriculation requirements
Applicants must have completed at least 12 credits in advanced undergraduate courses in history or, with permission of the chairperson or graduate deputy, 12 credits in advanced undergraduate courses in history, economics, and political science.

Students admitted as matriculants in history must complete History 7000X with a grade of A or B by the end of their first fall semester or they will lose matriculated status.

Students admitted as nonmatriculants must complete History 7000X with a grade of A or B in order to achieve matriculated status in the Department of History.

General matriculation and admission requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies are in the section "Admission."

General requirements for all students
To fulfill degree requirements, M.A. students must complete either thirty or thirty-three (30-33) credits in History Department courses. As detailed in the options below, students selecting the Thesis Option must complete thirty (30) credits and students selecting the Non-Thesis Option must complete thirty-three (33) credits.

Among the 30-33 hours of coursework undertaken to fulfill the general degree requirements, all students must complete three credit hours in each of three geographic areas: U.S., Europe, and the non-western world. One of these courses must cover in whole or substantial part the pre-1800 period.

Students selecting both Thesis and Non-Thesis Options must also complete:

(1) History 7000X with a grade of A or B. All students must take History 7000X during their first fall semester in the program, and must receive a grade of A or B to satisfy graduation requirements; and (2) History 7050G.

Thesis Option Requirements:
Completion of general department requirements and six (6) courses numbered from History 7110X-7780X.

After completing both History 7000X and 12 hours of course work, students who select the thesis option must take at least one Independent Reading (History 7840G) or one Independent Research (History 7850G) course with their chosen thesis adviser. A second Independent Study or Independent Research course could, with permission, substitute for the sixth of the courses numbered from History 7110X-7780X. Following the Independent Reading course, the thesis adviser will evaluate the student's preparedness to write a thesis. A student approved to write a thesis will be required to submit a proposal to the adviser and to complete a Master's Essay (History 7830G).

Non-Thesis Option Requirements:
Completion of general department requirements and nine (9) courses numbered History 7110X to History 7780X. With the permission of the chairperson or the graduate deputy, students may replace a maximum of two (2) of these courses with History 7840G and/or History 7850G. Students who select the non-thesis option must provide a portfolio containing two substantial papers written for graduate-level history courses taken in the History Department at Brooklyn College, and must pass an oral defense before a departmental committee of full-time faculty. At least one of the two papers submitted must be a research paper based on an extensive use of primary sources.

Department Recommendations
Students should consult the graduate deputy early in their course of study and each semester thereafter.

Students who intend to study toward a doctoral degree should have completed at least two years of college-level foreign language study.

Students who intend to study toward a doctoral degree should ascertain the matriculation requirements of the graduate school they plan to attend.