History Graduate

Get Into the Archives

We offer funding to both undergraduate & graduate students that supports their research.

History is the exploration of people, events, institutions and values as old as the ancient world and as new as yesterday’s headlines.


Master of Arts (M.A.)

Students can focus on a variety of areas in American and European history.

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J.D./M.A. in History

Combine your M.A. in History with a law degree.

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Admission Requirements

Required exam


Application Requirements

  • Specific Undergraduate Coursework
  • $35 application fee
  • 250 word minimum statement of purpose
  • Resume
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • GRE test scores

Application Deadline

6-8 weeks before classes start


Classics courses are offered for graduate credit through the History Department and may be used for supporting course credit or as electives. Classic course work available to graduate students includes Classical Humanities, Greek and Latin.

The Classroom & Beyond

  • Each summer we offer an interdisciplinary sailing and study tour in Greece for undergraduate and graduate students.

  • We have integrated a multi-day research trip to the State Archives of the South Dakota State Historical Society into the required first-year Research Methods course. Graduate students travel to Pierre to learn how an archive works, meet archivists, and use the State Historical Society’s holdings to begin conducting their own original research.

  • Phi Alpha Theta was founded in 1921 "to recognize and encourage excellence in the study of history."