Apr 23, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

History (M.A.)

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Program Overview

A master’s degree in history will prepare you to become a teacher, historian, archivist, political scientist or an archaeologist. It will allow you to focus on a variety of areas in American and European history. Library holdings at USD for graduate research are especially strong in regional, Native American and 20th-century United States history. As a master’s student, you will receive individual attention from faculty and have funds for research and opportunities to present papers at multiple regional history conferences. Learn more at usd.edu/history.

DELIVERY: On campus

Master of Arts, History Plan A (thesis)

Major Area Coursework - 30 Credit Hours

Master of Arts, History Plan B (non-thesis)

Major Area Coursework - 33 Credit Hours

  • 3 cr
  • 3 cr
  • HIST seminar courses (7xx) 21 credit hours
  • Departmental or non-departmental electives 6 credit hours
  • Note: Plan B students must take written and oral examinations. Graduate transfer credits are limited to six hours and must receive approval from the Department.

Application Requirements

  1. Completed application
  2. $35 application fee
  3. Official transcripts*
  4. Letters of recommendation*
  5. Admission test scores*
  6. Statement of purpose
  7. Resume/CV*

*Requirements for admission vary by program and may require different documentation and have different deadlines. For specific program requirements and submission deadline, visit: catalog.usd.edu.

State Authorization - It Matters Where You Live

If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference USD’s State Authorization webpage.

State Authorization


Department of History
605-677-5218 | history@usd.edu | usd.edu/history

Graduate Admissions 
605-658-6140 | gradadmissions@usd.edu  | usd.edu/grad

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