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M.A. History

Course Description

M.A. students may choose from among three different options: thesis; project; and written examination. Please note that the thesis option, but not the project and written exam options, requires students to fulfill the department’s world language requirement.

Thesis: This option is appropriate for those who wish to pursue a Ph.D., either immediately after receiving the M.A. or at some point in the future. A thesis is a lengthy monographic work (usually 50 to 150 pages long) that addresses a topic of importance to historians in an original way.

Project: Occasionally, when student background or experience allows, and when faculty availability and expertise exists, students may complete a project in lieu of the traditional thesis. A project may take the form of a narrative history, a documentary film or website, or some other effort approved by the committee.

Written examination: This option consists of an eight-hour written exam given at the end of one’s graduate career. It is designed for students who do not plan to pursue a Ph.D. in history. It is especially useful for secondary school teachers who want to attain the M.A. in a timely manner.

All three options require the following courses:

- HIST 511, Historiography (5)
- HIST 512, History Graduate Reading Seminar (5)
- HIST 515, History Graduate Research Seminar (5)
- HIST 512 OR HIST 515 (5)

HIST 596, if taken as field bibliography, can substitute for HIST 512 or HIST 515

- HIST 700, Thesis, Exam, or Project study (6)
- Department-Approved Electives from 500 level courses in History (10)
- Department-Approved Electives from 400 or 500 level courses in History OR other approved fields (courses must pertain to student’s thesis) (9)

Graduate Fields of Study

Whether pursuing the thesis, project or exam option, students must choose a primary field of study from a list of fields approved by the faculty. Currently, the Department of History offers the following primary fields. Fields other than those listed need prior approval from the student’s advisor.

Colonial/Revolutionary America
19th Century U.S.
20th Century U.S.
U. S. Foreign Relations
U. S. West
U. S. Environmental History
U. S. Women's History
U. S. Social History
U. S. Cultural History
Native American History
Pacific Northwest History
Modern Britain and the Empire
Modern Ireland
Modern France
Modern Germany
Modern East Asia
Latin American cultural history
Latin American religious history
Latin American state formation
Modern Mexico
Pre-Imperial Russia
Imperial Russia
Russian Empire
The Soviet Union
African Health and Healing
African Childhood and Education
African Gender
Urban Africa
Pre-colonial Africa
Colonial Africa
Environmental History
Urban History
Comparative Colonialism
Comparative Gender
Comparative Revolutions
Comparative Borderlands
Comparative Nationalism

Visit the M.A. History page on the Central Washington University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Olabode Makinde

4561.jpg “I have enjoyed my time here thus far, and I hope to enjoy the rest of my time here. My overall experience here has been very good, I have made a lot of friends here and most of them are from different countries. I think that CWU offers a highly inclusive environment where everyone can feel comfortable in. Most of my teachers are my mentors and they are always there whenever I need them. I would advise anyone to wonder CWU strongly for their international studies since it provides the best value for the tuition charged.”

(Student Profile)

David Uribe

4565.jpg “The things that I must enjoy from the Master in Geological Sciences is the high quality faculty and their connection with faculty from other universities around the world. The fact of being a small student group make the faculty pay you more attention, being one of their main priorities.”


International Student Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

CWU's international student scholarship awards international graduate students tuition scholarships up to $9200 per academic year based on current tuition rates. This award is merit based and award amounts vary. This award is renewable each academic year at CWU as student continues to meet scholarship requirements, including high grades.

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to $9200 per academic year


This is a merit-based tuition scholarship specifically for international graduate students. No separate application is necessary.

Application Procedure

No separate application is required. This scholarship is automatically awarded.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Please see website for more details

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