Policies & Guides; Other Resources

The History M.A. Handbook covers all aspects of the History M.A. program for students and faculty. (Contact Dr. Amanda Miracle for further information.)

Don't miss a deadline!  Click here for a list of requirements and deadlines for the degree.

Listings below offer more information about various aspects of graduate study (including job placement) in history:


The links below take you directly to key forms for the M.A. degree, from application through graduation:

Application for Master of Arts Candidacy

MA Student Information

Department's Graduate Assistantship Interest Form (MUST be completed by anyone applying for GTAship, whether first-time or renewal)

History MA Program Requirements

Master of Arts Degree Plan for Social Sciences Education Track

Master of Arts Degree Plan for Thesis, Non-Thesis, and Public History Options

Tentative 4-Semester Schedules

Writing Thesis Proposal/Prospectus

Writing a Public History Project

Thesis/Project/Exam Assessment

Additional Guidelines and Requirements from the Graduate School


Website for the American Historical Association, including a section on career opportunities for students of history. Some parts of the website are only available to members, so try the other sites below for specific job listings.

Website for the Public History Resource Center, including job listings, graduate programs, and much more.

Website for the National Council on Public History, which publishes The Public Historian.

Humanities and Social Sciences Online contains job listings, discussion boards devoted to subspecialties of history, and other amazing resources.

Though the site targets history Ph.D.s who don’t want to work in academia, its advice, job suggestions, and links to job listing sites apply to M.A. students too.


• Peters, Getting What You Came For: The Smart Student’s Guide to Earning an M.A. or Ph.D.
The textbook for Intro to Graduate Studies, but there’s no reason not to read it before or after taking the course

• Boice, Professors as Writers
Shows how to set up a writing program and stick to it; recommended by Amazon readers for anyone writing a thesis or dissertation

• Heiberger & Vick, The Academic Job Search Handbook, 3rd edition
Vital for anyone interested in an academic position, but not necessarily for other types of jobs

• Lambert, Stephen and Julie DeGalan. Great Jobs for History Majors, 3rd edition.
Practical advice on putting your history degree to work, from what kinds of jobs you might be able to find (or create), to building a resume and getting through an interview.

• Luey, Handbook for Academic Authors
The chapter on submitting articles will be most useful for you, unless/until you decide to get a PhD.

• Brundage, Going to the Sources
Basic guide to history writing & research

• Howell, From Reliable Sources
EXCELLENT coverage of the nuts and bolts of sources—much more advanced and specialized than Brundage

• Booth, Williams, & Colomb, The Craft of Research
Covers everything from finding topics to writing and revising

Chicago Manual of Style
The hardest-working book in publishing. There's now a cheaper, smaller Pocket Guide available from Houghton Mifflin, by Robert Perrin, that is much more user-friendly.