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2012-2013 Graduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]


Frank Byrne, Chair
433 Mahar Hall

J. Douglas Deal, Director of MA Program
433 Mahar Hall

General Information

The Master of Arts degree in History is designed to meet the needs of secondary school teachers seeking permanent certification, students interested in post-secondary teaching careers, those interested in pursuing PhD degrees at other universities, and students pursuing applied history careers.


Admission will be decided by the Graduate Committee in consultation with other appropriate faculty. Applicants should have:

  1. Completed baccalaureate from an accredited institution.
  2. GRE verbal scores are optional.
  3. Three letters of recommendation from faculty or others with whom the applicant has worked.
  4. A two-page essay/letter outlining the applicant’s academic background, preparation for an MA program in History, field of interest, and reasons for applying for admission into the program at Oswego.
  5. A research paper (minimum 10 pages) that can be used to judge the student’s ability to do research and write analytically.

Deadlines: Students planning to enroll as graduate degree students must apply no later than April 1 for the summer term; April 30 for the fall semester; and no later than November 1 for the spring semester.


  1. A graduate advisor will be assigned to each student.
  2. Each student’s plan for and progress toward completing the MA program will be developed in consultation with the student’s advisor.
  3. Transfer credit will be evaluated by the Graduate Committee.
  4. Degree progress will be reviewed by the Graduate Committee in consultation with the student’s advisor.


Master of Arts