Master of Arts in History
You relish learning about the past and have a knack for connecting the dots between the lessons of yesterday and the challenges of today.
Put that exceptional intellectual curiosity to work by enrolling in Monmouth University’s 30-credit MA in History. Whether you’re seeking a valuable career enhancement or planning to pursue your PhD, Monmouth’s MA in History gives you the power to tailor your degree to your interests and goals. Convenient evening classes let you earn your degree while you work.
In addition to our general degree, the graduate history program offers three detailed specializations. Monmouth’s World History focus is a sought-after specialization that most history departments don’t offer. Our U.S. and European History specializations offer critical context in an increasingly global economy.
In small seminars, you will work with professors with a wide array of specialties, and you will engage fellow students with a diverse set of backgrounds and interests. The development of research proficiency, humanistic values, and a broad understanding of global issues is also emphasized in this program.
Thesis or Exam?
Those who wish to specialize in any of the program’s areas of study and who are planning to pursue a doctoral degree at another institution may complete a master’s thesis. Those with a general interest in history may pursue a broad-based program and can opt to take a comprehensive examination in place of completing a thesis.
"Under the guidance of several professors here at Monmouth, and building on a paper I wrote about Belfast in my first semester at the program, I have turned my general love of Irish history into several award-winning research papers, a conference presentation, independent research, and my thesis project. I could not be more motivated to continue my education thanks to my experience here." - Jennifer McCue, MA History Grad Student '17
"My love of teaching and researching Middle Eastern and World history has allowed me to explore topics relating the Islam and Islamic feminism, Middle East history, and nationalist history(ies) in comic books and graphic novels in the classroom, in my own research, and at national and international conferences." - Maryanne Rhett, Associate Professor - History
Dr. Ken Campbell teaches graduate courses in British history, historical criticism, and the philosophy of history. His latest book, A History of the British Isles.
Leverage a Graduate Degree in History
Many of our graduates have gone on to PhD programs at prestigious universities, while many teachers have used this program to advance their careers. This program is also ideal if you are interested in history-related jobs in museums, corporations, or any profession that requires superior critical reading and writing skills.
Upcoming Graduate Studies Information Sessions
Research and Curriculum Opportunities
Students in the MA in History program have opportunities to present their work at conferences held both on campus (including the biennial Monmouth University Conference on Race) and off campus.
Students have presented at local, regional, and international conferences on topics including:
- Ireland and Dark Tourism
- The Caribbean, Race and Imperialism in World History
- Women and Family-Friendly Issues on College Campus
- The Viking Legacy in Scotland
- Race and Asbury Park NJ
- White Male Privilege in Academia
Gain valuable real-world experience in presenting in front of faculty, researchers, influencers and peers in exciting and dynamic formats. Monmouth’s MA in History provides the opportunity to put your work center stage.
Program Admission Requirements
To be considered for admission, students must submit an application to Monmouth University along with a $50 application fee, and provide the following:
- Possession of a baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.5 overall GPA and a minimum 3.0 GPA in the undergraduate major.
- Two letters of recommendation for graduate study.
- Written statement that describes the historical areas the candidate wishes to study and details how graduate study will contribute to the candidate’s professional and academic goals.
By offering a variety of helpful workshops, one-on-one interaction with professors, and a wide array of classes, Monmouth University has proven to be a wonderful community of scholars, all dedicated to supporting student success and advancing the study of history.
MA ’15, World History