Dec 07, 2023  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

History (M.A., J.D.) Concurrent Master’s Program with Juris Doctor

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. Combine your M.A. in History with a law degree. Graduates may go on to work in primary and secondary education or consider the field of law as a litigation specialist or paralegal. Learn more at

DELIVERY: On campus

Master of Arts with Concurrent Juris Doctor, History Plan A (thesis)

Major Area Coursework - 30 Credit Hours

Master of Arts with Concurrent Juris Doctor, History Plan B (non-thesis)

Major Area Coursework - 33 Credit Hours

General Application Requirements

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

*Requirements for admission vary by program and may require different documentation and have different deadlines. This list is not all-inclusive, to view specific program requirements and submission deadlines, follow the  “Admissions Information” hyperlink at the top of this page OR visit the specific program/dept. page found here:

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 | |

Graduate Admissions 
605-658-6140 |  |