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Master of Arts in History

Admission criteria

Fall deadline: mid-January (consult department website for exact date)

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 in last 60 hours
  • BA or BS degree
  • GPA of 3.3 in undergraduate history courses, and at least 18 hours in history

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet -based 80 17 17 17 17
TOEFL Paper-based 550 52 52 N/A 52
IELTS Academic 6.5 6 6 6 6

Candidates who lack the necessary undergraduate hours in history must take graduate-level classes in history to remedy that deficiency before they can be considered for admission. They should consult with the director of graduate studies about appropriate classes.

Graduate Studies regulations prohibit a non-degree student from taking more than twelve hours of course work.

Candidates must achieve a grade point average in these classes of at least 3.3 on a 4.0 scale to be considered for admission. A 3.3 GPA or higher does not guarantee admission. Course work taken as a non-degree student to remedy a deficiency in prerequisites ordinarily will not count toward the MA degree.

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.  
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the History Program

  • Copy of each college transcript where a degree was earned or is pending (uploaded to the online application). Applicants accepted by the History program will be required to provide official transcripts to the Graduate Admissions office to be formally admitted to the University.
  • Short essay explaining goals and expectations in graduate study, including the fields in which the student plans to specialize (upload to the online application)
  • Substantial writing sample, such as a final research paper from a course (upload to the online application)
  • 3 letters of recommendation (submission through the online application system strongly preferred, but postal mail submission directly to the department allowed)
  • Official GRE score report (Optional)
  • Official TOEFL score for international students

Note: Incomplete applications will not be considered. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required documents have been received by the mid-January deadline.

Admission contact information

Nancy Taube
101 Read Hall
Columbia, MO 65211