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Master of Arts, History

About the Program

Format: In person on the Statesboro Campus or the Armstrong Campus in Savannah
Credit Hours: 33
Entry Term: Fall

The Master of Arts in History degree program at Georgia Southern University is designed to serve the diverse needs of graduate students, whether they seek a solid grounding in graduate study as preparation for entry into doctoral programs, wish to earn a degree as part of their professional development, or are interested in pursuing careers as public historians, archivists, or librarians. With the second largest history faculty in the University System of Georgia, Georgia Southern University offers students a wide array of course offerings in areas ranging from gender studies to military history. Students may choose the thesis or non-thesis option, depending upon their future plans. By emphasizing an appreciation of the past in all of its complexities and interconnectedness of knowledge, the Georgia Southern University graduate program in History seeks to instill in students a sense of curiosity and to develop critical thinking, communication, and analytical skills relevant to a variety of careers.

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Admission Requirements

  1. Completed requirements for the Bachelor’s degree in a college accredited by the proper regional accrediting associations.
  2. A 3.0 (4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average or higher on all undergraduate work, with a 3.0 cumulative GPA in history and no grade it history lower than a “C”.
  3. An undergraduate major or the equivalent in history. Students with majors in other fields of study are given equal consideration for admission providing they have at least 15 credits (or quarter-system equivalent) of history (at least 12 credits at the upper division level) and a total of 30 credits in the social sciences and humanities.
  4. Two letters of recommendation from professors or instructors who have had the opportunity to observe your scholarly skills in History or in related fields. Recommendation letters should testify to your intellectual maturity and your preparedness to undertake graduate study.
  5. Applicants to the MA program are required to write a statement of purpose. Your narrative should explain how your work in the History graduate program at Georgia Southern will help you achieve your life/career goals. Assessment of your statement will include clarity of narrative and quality of writing. Avoid clichés and personal details not directly relevant to an assessment of your potential to excel during your graduate degree. Statements should be 500-750 words in length, single-spaced with a 12-point font.
  6. Submit a sample of your writing that represents your best work. Your submission should be scholarly in purpose, at least 1250 words, and include citations. Book reviews will not be considered. Your sample will be evaluated on its analytic power, creativity, and clarity of expression. Students returning to school after a prolonged break are asked to please contact the graduate director for guidance.

Applicants may be approved for provisional admission based on the quality of the admission material presented. Provisional students must earn grades of ‘B’ or higher in their first nine (9) hours of course work after admission and meet any other stipulations outlined by the department to be converted to regular status.

*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation service and must be a course by course evaluation and include a GPA. (



Priority: February 1*

Final: July 31*


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*The application and all ​​required documents listed on the “admissions requirements” tab​ for the program must be received by the deadline.  If all required documents are not received by the deadline your application will not be considered for admission.

Program Contact Information

Dr. Alan Downs

Last updated: 1/31/2024