Master of Arts, History

The Master of Arts in History degree program at Georgia Southern University is designed to serve the diverse needs of graduate students, whether they seek a solid grounding in graduate study as preparation for entry into doctoral programs, wish to earn a degree as part of their professional development, or are interested in pursuing careers as public historians, archivists, or librarians. With the second largest history faculty in the University System of Georgia, Georgia Southern University offers students a wide array of course offerings in areas ranging from gender studies to military history. Students may choose the thesis or non-thesis option, depending upon their future plans. By emphasizing an appreciation of the past in all of its complexities and interconnectedness of knowledge, the Georgia Southern University graduate program in History seeks to instill in students a sense of curiosity and to develop critical thinking, communication, and analytical skills relevant to a variety of careers.

Program Contact Information:

Dr. Craig H. Roell
Graduate Program Director and Coordinator
Phone: (912) 478-5862

Degree Hours in Program of Study
M.A. 33


Regular Admission Requirements
1. Completed requirements for the Bachelor’s degree in a college accredited by the proper regional accrediting associations.
2. A 3.0 (4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average or higher on all undergraduate work, with a 3.0 cumulative GPA in history and no grade it history lower than a “C”.
3. Minimum Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores of 550 on the Verbal section, 500 on the Quantitative section, and 4.0 on the Analytical Writing for applicants who took the GRE PRIOR to August 2011; or minimum scores of 156 Verbal plus 144 Quantitative or 4.0 Analytical Writing for applicants who took the exam after July 31, 2011. Lower test scores may be considered but the applicant will need strong evidence of the ability to perform satisfactorily in graduate level work.
4. An undergraduate major or the equivalent in history. Students with majors in other fields of study are given equal consideration for admission providing they have at least 15 semester hours (or quarter-system equivalent) of history (at least 12 hours at the upper division level) and a total of 30 hours in the social sciences and humanities.
5. A statement of purpose (at least 250 words) outlining the applications interest in graduate study in History.

6. Two letters of recommendation by individuals who are familiar with the applicant’s potential for successful graduate study.

*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation service and must be a course by course evaluation and include a GPA.(

Provisional Admission Requirements
Non-traditional students and applicants not meeting the above requirements may be considered for Provisional (Probationary) admission as determined on a case-by-case basis.

History, M.A. Admissions Deadlines
Fall Spring (Armstrong ONLY) Summer
Priority Deadline February 1*
Final Deadline July 31* November 1* – Armstrong ONLY Does Not Admit

*The application and all ​​required documents listed on the “admissions requirements” tab​ for the program must be received by the deadline.  If all required documents are not received by the deadline your application will not be considered for admission.

Last updated: 3/21/2019

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