History, MA

The Graduate Program in History at the University of Pennsylvania has a long tradition of distinction. Beginning as one of the first programs in the United States to offer doctoral study in history, (the first Ph.D. in History was conferred in 1891); the Department continues to pioneer new areas of scholarship. In the last twenty years, faculty members of the departments in American, European, and World History have assumed a leading role in their fields. Today, few departments in the country match Penn's Department of History in coverage and depth across the entire range of history from medieval times to the present.

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A minimum of 8 course units are required for graduation.

Required Courses
Select six graduate level history courses (at least two at the 6000 level)
Select at least two electives related to field of study 1
Master's Thesis
Final Examination

Courses must be approved by advisor and Director of Graduate Studies. Courses must be appropriate to students' career objectives.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.