History Graduate Program

Get Into the Archives

Our Bromert Fund supports M.A. thesis research in regional and national archives.

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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Museum and Archive Studies Graduate Certificate

Study museum and archive studies in a certificate program.

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Admission Requirements

Application requirements can be found at Graduate School Admission Requirements and include:

  1. Completed Graduate Application
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  2. $35 application fee
  3. Official transcript(s) verifying receipt of an undergraduate degree and previous graduate credit earned
  4. A minimum of 18 credit hours of undergraduate History coursework (12 hours of which must be upper division)(M.A. only)
  5. Three letters of recommendation
    Letter of Recommendation Form
  6. Statement of Purpose
  7. Official copy of GRE scores (M.A. only)
  8. Writing sample (10 page minimum) (M.A. and Graduate Certificate)
  9. Additional requirements exist for international applicants. For more information, visit International Admission Requirements

For more detailed admission requirements, please refer to History in the current graduate catalog.

Application Deadline

  • Six to eight 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."