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The Master of Arts program provides a sophisticated knowledge of history, both as a mode of inquiry and a form of understanding, and can serve as a terminal degree or as the foundation for more advanced graduate work.

The Master of Arts program features:

  • Small, seminar-type classes taught by a faculty member
  • Classes that meet once a week in the evening
  • Access to University resources including: Ronald Williams Library The Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (with more than 60 million volumes)
  • IRAD—the Illinois Regional Archives Depository, housed in the Ronald Williams Library

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Admission to the Program 

Applicants must fulfill the general requirements for admission to the Graduate College. In addition, they should have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours in undergraduate history with a grade point average of 3.0. Applicants should also submit with their application a graded paper written for an upper-division undergraduate course, preferably in history. Those who do not meet all admission requirements should consult Professor Michael Tuck, at or (773) 442-5609.

Degree Requirements 

Thirty-six credit hours are required, including 30 credit hours in history and 6 in related fields or additional history courses


  • HIST 401:  Historiography and Historical Methods ------------------------- 3 credit hours
  • Nine graduate-level history electives; two may be in related fields ----- 27 credit hours
  • Two graduate research seminars ------------------------------------------------ 6 credit hours

Field Exam:

Students must pass a final examination, in two fields, upon completion of their coursework.


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