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Interested in Emporia State’s history graduate programs?


We appreciate your interest! 


We have a Master’s Degree (M.A.) and several certificates.  The M.A. has three career tracks:  the traditional thesis, the non-thesis/exams, and Social Sciences Education. 


The traditional thesis is the best option for those planning to continue on to earn a Ph.D. at another university.


The non-thesis/exams is for students who prefer to take additional classes and have written exams with an oral defense instead of writing a thesis.


The Social Sciences Education track is specifically designed for teachers. Students on this track produce a teaching project rather than a thesis.


Archival Studies is designed for those who want to work in archives and/or libraries.  It culminates in an M.A. in History along with a Certificate in Archival Studies.  A partnership with the full MLS degree program is also available.  Both partnerships allow you to carry over nine hours of credit toward the 2nd degree or the certificate.


We have two more certificate opportunities.  Our Graduate Certificate in History is an 18 credit hour program specifically designed for teachers teaching dual-enrollment high-school courses who need to meet Higher Learning Commission (HLC) requirements.  This particular curriculum is all-online. 


Finally, we have our new Graduate Certificate in Public History.  Public History includes work in museums, at interpretive centers, and the like, and our program gets you the skills you need for this kind of career.  It features hands-on field experiences as well as traditional coursework, and it requires on-campus study here in Emporia.  The Public History Certificate may be combined with the Thesis or Non-thesis track of the M.A.  It is not a teacher-credentialing program. 


Our tuition is quite competitive—out-of-state tuition here is lower than in-state tuition in some other states, and all of our programs except for the Public History Certificate are all-online, with some courses that meet at least one evening per week via Internet connection in “real time” using technology similar to Skype, and other courses in which you work at your own pace and post the assignments online.  Distance learning students are welcome and distance learners pursuing the M.A. are eligible for all financial aid except for Graduate Teaching Assistantships.  On-campus students may also apply for the GTAships.  Certificate and non-degree-seeking students are also welcome but only those pursuing the M.A. are eligible to apply for financial aid.


All of our courses are designed and taught personally by full-time, tenured or tenure-track, on-campus faculty.  We have no adjunct graduate instructors, contracting out of courses, or MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) here.  Our department is a member of the American Historical Association (AHA).


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Applications are submitted online via ESU’s Graduate School.  We hope to reviewing yours soon!




Michael Smith, Chair of Social Sciences

Amanda Lea Miracle, Graduate Director