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MA In History

The MA in History is designed to benefit those seeking professional advancement and personal fulfillment. The Program’s uncomplicated, 30 credit, course requirement allows for both the development of a mature understanding of history and the completion of one’s degree in one to one and a half years.

Note: Only students who enroll in the summer 2014 forward are eligible for the 30 credit degree as newly constructed.  All other students have the option to request that their catalog be changed to allow them to pursue this degree option.


30 credits of Graduate Level History Courses:

  • The standard path for completion shall be 27 credits of Open History Electives (HST 700-999) and, in the final semester of study, HST 898 "Culminating Experience"
  • Students may, at the suggestion of their graduate advisor, choose to complete their degree by completing 24 credits of Open Elective as well as a 6 credit MA Thesis [HST 981 and HST 982 (Thesis)]
  • At the request of the student and the consent of the department chairperson, credit from graduate level Geography courses may be counted toward degree completion

Admission Requirements

Non-Matriculated Status

All students are admitted to the program with nonmatriculated status. The applicant must present the following:

  • Complete application
  • Evidence of completion of a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in history or a related field
  • Payment of the application fee
  • A maximum of 12 credits will be permitted as a nonmatriculated student

Matriculated Status

Students will be considered for admission to the program with matriculated status if they provide the following:

  • Evidence of completion of a baccalaureate degree in history, or a closely related major, with official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools previously attended. Student copies are not accepted. A minimum 3.0 undergraduate or graduate GPA is required. Students who lack the undergraduate 3.0 average may enter as non-matriculated students and complete a minimum of nine credits at Iona on the graduate level with a 3.0 GPA.
  • Three completed recommendation forms must be submitted directly to the Graduate Office of the School of Arts and Science or the Rockland campus. These recommendations must be submitted by supervisors or college faculty who have direct knowledge of the student’s academic aptitude and potential for success in the program. If possible, at least one letter of recommendation must be from a recent faculty member. Recommendations from friends, relatives or colleagues are not acceptable.
  • An interview with the department chair or designee.
  • Note: Matriculation for students who lack a baccalaureate degree in history will be considered on an individual basis; matriculation under special circumstances will be based on an interview, departmental examination or other method of departmental evaluation of special knowledge and skills of the applicant.

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of 30 credits in graduate history courses (either 27 credits of HST electives and HST 898 OR 24 credits of HST electives and HST 981 and HST 982)
  • A minimum of a 3.0 GPA
  • All requirements must be completed within 5 years of the date of admission