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Mission of the MA Program

The MA degree in History is designed for history students with a wide variety of interests, including those intending to continue on for Ph.D. work in history; secondary education teachers interested in graduate work concentrating on history, political science, or geography; and those interested in a career in public history. Other students also may find the program suitable, depending on their individual aspirations. Alumni of the program currently work as historical site directors, museum curators, instructors at community colleges, and in a variety of other types of professions.

Coursework in the MA program concentrates on three types of learning. The first of these is simple factual knowledge of history: students should enter the program with good undergraduate preparation in this regard, but MA work should add depth in areas of specialty and breadth in other areas. The second type of learning is historiographic: students learn how historians have interpreted the historical record and given it meaning through time. The third is methodological: students should learn how to conduct original research and compose the historical essay, as well as other conventional forms of scholarly writing in history.

If you have not yet applied or been accepted into the program, please contact Dr. Greg Schneider with questions at gschneid@emporia.edu

department phone: 620-341-5461
fax: 620-341-5143
1 Kellogg Circle, Box 32
Emporia State University
Emporia KS  66801


Program Overview

The program is intended to both broaden and to sharpen students' study of US history from the colonial period to the present. The MA degree includes 4 degree concentrations:

In all of these concentrations, those who successfully complete this program are highly motivated, interested in the factual and theoretical aspects of the field, and able to demonstrate through a variety of written and oral forms their commitment to excellence. Working together, the faculty and students create an atmosphere in which the requisite skills in critical thinking, research, and writing are taught, explained, nurtured, and evaluated. The program produces graduates who attain a level of performance and expertise that allows them to move on to additional graduate studies, teaching, archival work, public history, or other activities related to the discipline.

The Graduate Resources web pages and the History MA Policy & Guidelines Manual contain specific information about the History MA program. For general information (tuition & fees, financial aid, etc.) about graduate study at Emporia State, please visit the Graduate School webpage.


Beginning in fall 2013, the MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) in Social Sciences has been merged with the MA History degree and is now the Social Sciences Education Concentration. The concentration allows students to specialize in American history, world history, geography, political science, anthropology, sociology, and economics in their master's-level studies. The concentration emphasizes mastery of the methods of teaching the social sciences within the professional educational context, with the aim of developing candidates' skills as Critical Thinkers, Creative Planners, and Effective Practitioners. The program prepares candidates for enhanced classroom performance by supporting state learning and assessment standards, integrating technology in the classroom, and advancing professional development. This is NOT a licensure program.