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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. The applications of a master’s degree in history are far-reaching. The historian’s role can be that of teacher, historian, politician, government employee, publisher, journalist or non-profit volunteer.  

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J.D./M.A. in History

Combine your M.A. in History with a law degree. Graduates may go on to work in primary and secondary education or consider the field of law as a litigation specialist or paralegal. 

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Museum and Archive Studies Graduate Certificate

Study museum and archive studies in a certificate program. Career options involve helping preserve historical artwork and working as a preservationist in museums, public and private archives or historical organizations. The certificate includes two internship experiences at the W. H. Over Museum, the University Archives and/or the National Music Museum.

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Admission Requirements

For more detailed admission requirements, please refer to History in the current graduate catalog. Additional requirements exist for international applicants. For more information, visit International Admission Requirements. For additional details about the graduate history programs, contact Graduate Admissions at 605-658-6200 or email


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

  • Isles of Greece

    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

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