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There are 4 concentrations available within the MA program: 1 in Social Sciences Education (SSED) for licensed secondary education teachers and 3 designed for other students. Information pertaining only to SSED students will appear in {color boxes} on this website. The SSED concentration includes coursework in history, additional content area(s), education, and technology. If you are already licensed to teach at the secondary level and want to pursue this concentration, please indicate this on your application form. This concentration has the least flexibility in course requirements, so students should plan to begin specialized SSED coursework immediately upon starting the program. These specialized classes will also not transfer easily into any of the other 3 concentrations. For more information, go to {here}.

The other 3 concentrations--thesis, non-thesis, and public history--are more flexible so that students can explore the discipline and potential career paths before committing to one course of study after 12 hours of coursework. Even after this point, students may switch to another one of these 3 paths if they wish. The public history (PH) concentration prepares students for careers in museum, archival, or corporate settings. Thesis students generally go on to a PhD program after completing the MA, because they have demonstrated their ability for original research. Non-thesis students typically work in secondary or elementary education or study history for personal fulfillment. For more information, go to {here}.

Before you apply, please contact Dr. Greg Schneider with questions. Once you begin the application process, contact Dr. Amanda Miracle for assistance. You can also reach the Department of Social Sciences via phone (620-341-5461), fax (620-341-5143) or mail:

1 Kellogg Circle, Box 32
Emporia State University
Emporia KS  66801

The Graduate School's webpage contains forms you will need: an application form, a GTAship form (if applicable--see below), and forms for letters of recommendation. The Grad School will also ask for transcripts from every college you've attended. Once they have received the application form and your transcripts, they will tell you that, for their purposes, your admissions file is complete unless the department has additional requirements. Our program does require additional materials, all of which should be sent to the Graduate School. Go to {here} for further details.

If you will be available to work in person at the Emporia campus while in the History MA program, a GTAship will give you the opportunity to work in the classroom with department faculty. You can apply for a GTAship when you apply for admission or after you begin coursework in the MA. The department processes GTA applications every March for the upcoming academic year. Go to {here} for further details.

If you're in the Social Sciences Education concentration, indicate this on your application form. The other concentrations (thesis, non-thesis, Public History) do not require formal notification until you apply for degree candidacy.

All students apply for degree candidacy when they complete 12 hours of coursework. Here you file a form with the department where you commit to a concentration and a faculty committee for thesis/project/exams. You also file a degree plan at this time. Go to {here} for further details.

Dr. Miracle will send out a PIN each semester that gives you access to Buzz-in. You register yourself, update your degree plan, and email a copy of the degree plan to Dr. Miracle. She can advise you about courses to take, but please check this website first. Go to {here} for further details.

Each concentration has different requirements. Go to {here} for further details. 

Master of Arts in History--fully online as of spring 2014

The MA program in History at Emporia State University is designed to transform students of history into historians. 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 Handbook 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.


This program may be pursued full time or part time during the academic year. All required courses and electives are taught in an online format. Some courses may be available via telenet.

Students may apply for admission and begin their coursework in any semester. No application deadlines exist, but we encourage early application in spring semester.

Full-time students who can be on campus during fall and spring semesters may apply for graduate teaching assistantships. GTA awards are made for the entire academic year in the preceding spring semester; interested students should apply no later than March 15.

Students can apply some courses for the History MA to a second degree. The School of Library and  Information Management and the History program have developed a cooperative degree program with the MA in History and the Master of Library Science which will allow students to apply a limited number of History hours on the MLS degree, and a  limited number of Library hours to the MA in History. Students interested in obtaining dual degrees should discuss their plans with advisors in both programs in order to coordinate their schedules effectively. They may wish to inquire about assistantships or other financial aid in both programs.

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.

 updated 2014-04-17