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M.A. Program General Description

The Kent State University Department of History offers a variety of options for students seeking an M.A. in history: traditional history (thesis options with and without course work in a cognate discipline and a non-thesis option); public history (thesis and non-thesis option); and a concentration in history for practicing teachers that combines graduate-level content work in history with pedagogy and allows for a professionally oriented project.  All M.A. students regardless of their major program area hone their skills in critical reading/thinking, discussion, primary source analysis, and analytical writing.  The core of the M.A. program, regardless of concentration, consists of reading colloquia and writing seminars.  All students also complete required courses in historiography and historical research methods.  Students intending to go on for doctoral work complete an M.A. thesis demonstrating their capacity for original history research.

Admission/Application Requirements

All applicants to either the traditional history track or the public history program must have a minimum of an undergraduate minor in history (24 semester hours).  That expectation does not hold true for practicing teachers applying to our M.A. in history for teachers concentration.  All applicants regardless of area of study must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or better; the Department expects that the history GPA is considerably higher than that.

All applicants to one of our M.A. programs in history must submit the following before they can be considered for admission: a statement of professional intent indicating their intended area of study within the Department and anticipated career path; a 10-15 page writing sample demonstrating their ability to conduct original historical research; complete academic transcripts from all colleges/universities attended; GRE scores (general test only); and three professional references.

Application Process

  1. Before beginning your application, make a request for information through the Graduate Studies Information Form.  Once you've completed this form, we'll send you descriptions of and details about the history department's programs.
  2. Next, complete an informational form for the History Department: The History Department Graduate Program Information Request.  This provides the Department with your basic contact information, your prospective field of study, and details about your application materials.  It does not begin the actual application process.  For that, see step 3 below.
  3. All formal applications for graduate study at Kent State University are initiated electronically.  Once you have completed steps 1 and 2 above, use this link to apply to Graduate Studies if you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident:; or this link if you are an international student:  Select the degree program and concentration, if applicable, then follow the instructions from there.

All materials sent in paper form will be scanned for departmental review.  To ensure expeditious consideration of their files, applicants are advised to submit materials well in advance of the application deadlines or to send materials electronically whenever possible.

Domestic student applications are processed through the Office of Graduate Studies and all required materials should be sent directly to this address:

Office of Graduate Studies
116 Cartwright Hall
Kent State University
PO Box 5190
Kent OH 44242-0001

International student applications are processed through the Office of International Affairs and all required materials should be sent directly to this address:

Office of International Affairs (OIA)
Van Campen Hall
Kent State University
PO Box 5190
Kent OH 44242-0001

Graduate Assistantships and Application Deadlines

Students interested in applying for a graduate assistantship in the Department of History, which provides tuition remission and a monthly stipend, should complete the application form found here ( ) and submit it with their applications.  Applicants wishing to be considered for a graduate appointment should have all of their materials in by 1 February.  Students not seeking appointments, merely admission, should have their applications complete no later than 6 weeks prior to the start of the term in which they would like to commence study.