Master of Arts in History

Georgia State University has a thriving M.A. program in history. We are committed to serving a student body with diverse educational goals, from continuing education to more traditional academic careers. We offer M.A. tracks in public history and historic preservation; we welcome secondary school teachers looking to upgrade their credentials; and we support the College of Education’s teaching in social studies curriculum.

We also take professional scholarship seriously. We are proud to place our talented M.A. students in top-ranked Ph.D. programs, and we have an active cohort of doctoral students who earn a Ph.D. and go on to pursue careers on the college or university level. Above all, for those who care about history, graduate studies at Georgia State University opens opportunities to expand their knowledge of the rich and varied cultures, ideas, and experiences of the past. Our program affords a unique opportunity to pursue those interests in small seminars and one-on-one study with faculty.
Our students can pursue programs of study in World History, Public History, and Heritage Preservation. Georgia State University’s M.A. program provides students a broad, flexible course of study that includes courses in World, European, and American History. Our professors work with students on a wide range of research projects, from local research on Atlanta to global perspectives on world history.

For students interested in preparing for subject certification or continuing their own education, but not interested in seeking a degree, the History Department offers opportunities for non-degree students to take graduate-level history classes in all areas of our curriculum. Non-degree students can take up to two (2) graduate-level history classes. Thesis and Non-Thesis M.A. We offer thesis and non-thesis options at the M.A. level. The non-thesis option is based primarily on coursework. The thesis option culminates in an independent written research project supervised by a faculty advisor. Evening and Summer Classes for Part-Time Study To accommodate the busy schedules of our graduate students, who may hold full-time jobs outside of the department, we regularly offer evening courses as well as seven-week graduate courses in the summer term. We welcome part-time students, who take only one or two courses per semester as they work to complete their degree.

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A Note on Personal Statements:

The personal statement/essay for graduate applications is a difficult genre of writing to define.  There is some contradictory advice in circulation about how to approach this task.  The main goal is to convey a sense of who you are, what you want to study, why you want to participate in this particular program, and what kind of work you envision doing. For a Master’s application, you don’t have to have everything figured out right away, but it helps to give our admissions committee a sense that you have thought carefully about the kind of historical research you want to do, and you are serious about pursuing what can be a substantial project of scholarship and writing.  After admission to the program, you can always change your mind about what you want to focus on for a thesis, or you can choose to pursue a non-thesis option that involves more coursework. Just let us know what you care about and are interested in studying.

There are some helpful tips about how to approach a personal statement provided by GSU’s Office of Graduate Services here.

PLEASE NOTE: GRE scores have been waived for applications submitted in Spring 2021 due to complications resulting from the public health crisis.

Master’s Program

  •  Fall:
    • Deadline Funding consideration:
      February 15
    • Final deadline: March 1
  • Spring: October 15 (no funding consideration)
  • Summer: Does not admit


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