History, M.A.

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May 21, 2018

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Learn from distinguished faculty comprised of published scholars, seasoned historians and award winning professors. Our program allows for a flexible curriculum, designed to meet your professional goals, whether you wish to enter the field or pursue a doctoral program.

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What you will study: 

Choose a specialization of European, American, Global or Women’s History based on your interests. You will learn the importance of disciplined methods of inquiry and interpretation while working with faculty that serve as mentors.

  • HIS 500 - Historiography, credit: 3
  • HIS 598 - Thesis, credit: 6
  • HIS 590 - Directed Readings in History, credit: 6
  • HIS 596 - Teaching College History, credit: 6

Read full curriculum in the 2017-2018 Graduate Catalog.

Historians like to say, take a look back 30 years and see what has happened because history repeats itself.
Jon Zella, M'13

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Learning outcomes: 

Tailor your education by choosing one of four tracks within the program. Tracks include a research/thesis option for students wishing to pursue a doctoral degree, directed study for in-depth examination of existing literature, a teaching track to learn the skills to teach at a college level or applied history to prepare for career in a specific field.

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Admission Requirements: 
Official transcript
Submit an official transcript showing confirmation of a bachelor's or master’s degree/advanced certificate. This includes any transcripts showing graduate-level coursework or post-baccalaureate degrees/certificates. Official transcripts must be sent directly from granting institution (electronic or mail). If you are a SUNY Oswego alum, your transcript will be automatically requested after entering your student ID and identifying SUNY Oswego as your school on the application.
GPA of at least 3.0
A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better is required for applicants. If you have questions regarding your GPA, please speak to the department advisor for further information.
Research paper
Your writing sample should demonstrate your ability to convey your thoughts clearly in writing. Address all topics the department indicates as vital to assessing your written communication skills. Length can vary depending on the department, but should not exceed two pages unless otherwise specified.
GRE scores (optional)
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are optional, but help in evaluating your acadmics. Strong GRE scores allow your application to stand out.
Purpose statement
Indicate your purpose for applying to SUNY Oswego for graduate education. What inspired you to apply? How will this impact your life? Identify any particular interests within the program area, discuss your future career goals, and provide any additional information which may be of help in evaluating your application.
Include a professional resume or CV that includes your academic history, professional background and any accomplishments of note. This document should provide details that support your admittance to the program.
Two letters of recommendation
Indicate two names with valid email addresses. An email request will be sent directly to the references on your behalf. These references should be able to speak to your character, work ethic and abilities. (At least one of these recommendations must be from your school district.)
Application fee
Prospective students are charged a non-refundable $65 fee for processing the application.

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