May 29, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

History (M.A.)

Program Overview

A master’s degree in history will prepare you to become a teacher, historian, archivist, librarian or museum professional. 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 regional history conferences. Learn more at

DELIVERY: On campus

Master of Arts, History (thesis)

Major Area Coursework - 30 Credit Hours

Master of Arts, History (non-thesis)

Major Area Coursework - 30 Credit Hours

  • 3 cr
  • 3 cr
  • HIST Topic Seminar courses (5xx or 7xx) 12 cr
  • Departmental Electives (5xx or 7xx) 3-12 cr
  • Non-departmental Electives (5xx or 7xx) 0-9 cr
  • Note: Non-thesis students must take written and oral examinations. Graduate transfer credits are limited to six hours and must receive approval from the Department.

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 |  |