The Department of History offers a program leading to the Master of Arts degree designed to assist in the preparation of professional historians and teachers at all levels. The graduate program seeks to provide in-depth training in a major field of concentration, and more general knowledge in two minor fields. In addition, the program seeks to enhance the student’s skills in methodology and criticism while inculcating a sense of historical professionalism. Designed to meet the needs of both part-time and full-time students, many graduate courses are offered in the evening.

Admission Requirements

  • An undergraduate major in a recognized discipline. Non-history majors may be required to make up deficiencies in historical background before being admitted to degree candidacy, and all applicants for candidacy must demonstrate basic acquaintance with historical methodology and research techniques.
  • A 2.7 (4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average in undergraduate coursework.
  • A completed application.
  • A satisfactory score on the GRE General Test.
  • Two current letters of recommendation with recommendation cover sheet from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic or professional work.
  • A writing sample (preferably a primary source-based research paper).

Honorary Society
John Carroll is home to the Eta Alpha Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta National History Honorary Society.

Course Programs
Plan A:  thesis plus 24 hours (required for Ph.D. preparation).

  • Major field – thesis (six hours) plus nine hours coursework, six at the 500 level.
  • Two minor fields – 15 hours coursework, nine at the 500 level.
  • A final examination.
  • Demonstrated reading knowledge of one modern foreign language.

Plan B: 30 hours plus research essay.

  • Major field – research essay plus 15 hours coursework, nine at the 500 level (for those students involved in teaching, the essay may apply the student’s fields of study to the secondary school classroom).
  • Two minor fields – 15 hours coursework, nine at the 500 level.
  • A final examination.

Course Offerings

  • Students determine fields of study in conjunction with their advisor.
  • A list of 400 and 500 level courses may be found in the Graduate Studies Bulletin and on the History Department website.
  • Graduate seminars in recent years have treated such topics as: 16th Century European Thinkers, German Absolutism to World War I, European Racism, Japan in War and Peace, Russian-American Relations, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in the U.S., American Immigration, Slavery and Abolition in the Ante-bellum U.S.
  • Interested students may construct a minor field in public history.

Since 1995, M.A. recipients have earned doctorates at Indiana, Ohio State, St. Louis, Northern Illinois, and Case Western Reserve Universities, among others.

Cleveland State University, The Western Reserve Historical Society, The Great Lakes Historical Society, and a large number of area high schools employ our M.A. recipients.

Financial Assistance

  • A limited number of graduate assistantships are available. Graduate assistants are given a tuition waiver for up to 18 credit hours per year plus a stipend. Students are expected to spend 10-20 hours per week working for the department. Graduate assistants aid  professors with courses and research.
  • A 33% tuition scholarship is available to all certified/licensed teachers who wish to take graduate courses in history.
  • The University’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid offers assistance on student loans.