Overview

The BA/MA program is a five-year program that combines an undergraduate degree in History with a Masters degree in History. The accelerated nature of the program enables students to take graduate-level courses in their final undergraduate year (once they have completed 90 undergraduate credit hours, per UM regulations) and then complete the Master’s degree in one year of full-time study, rather than the usual two years of full-time graduate study, and at a reduced cost.

Admission Requirements

Applications will be reviewed by the Department of History’s graduate committee. To qualify for admission to the Five-year BA/MA Degree in History, applicants must:

  • have earned 15 credit hours in History courses, including 3 credit hours at the 500-level
  • have earned a 3.5 GPA in History courses
  • receive an endorsement from one full-time faculty member in the Department of History who agrees to serve as the student’s MA advisor
  • submit their application to the program no later than January 5th of their Junior year To remain in the program, students must:
  • complete all requirements for the History BA
  • complete all of the requirements for the History MA
  • enroll in a minimum of 12 undergraduate credit hours per semester until the BA is awarded
  • earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 in all History graduate coursework

The Department of History’s graduate committee, in conjunction with each student’s MA Advisor, will assess the student’s progress after each semester.

Curriculum Requirements

B.A. in History Requirements
HIS 3XX Level or Higher12
HIS 500 Level Seminars 16
HIS Courses at any Level12
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
MTH 113Finite Mathematics3
Foreign Language Requirement9
Minor Requirement (Non-History)15
Natural Science Course3
People and Society Cognate9
STEM Cognate9
Electives36
M.A. in History Requirements
HIS 600 level or higher30
Historiography 2
Research Seminar Part 1
and Research Seminar Part 2 3
Comprehensive Exam 4
M.A. Thesis (Optional) 5
Total Credit Hours150

Committee

Upon admission to the master’s program in history, the student is assigned a provisional major advisor. An advisory committee of three, including the major advisor and a faculty member representing the student’s secondary field, must be formed no later than the student’s second semester in the program. There are then two options for completing the masters. One requires 30 credit hours of coursework and an exam. The other requires 24 credit hours of coursework, a master’s thesis (6 thesis credit hours), and an exam. In the case of both options, one member of the committee may be from a cognate discipline, but this is not required. It is the responsibility of the student and the advisor to form the committee and to notify the DGS of its composition. The major advisor chairs the advisory committee and oversees the student’s course of study and progress in the program. The advisory committee also administers the oral comprehensive exam that is given in the case of either option. In the case of the second (thesis) option, the advisory committee and the thesis committee are usually, but not necessarily, composed of the same faculty members.

Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
HIS 100 or 200 level Course 3
MTH 113 Finite Mathematics 3
UMX 100 The University of Miami Experience 0
Language Course 3
Natural Science Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
HIS 100 or 200 Level Course 3
Language Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Two
Fall
HIS 100 or 200 Level Course 3
HIS 300 Level Course 3
Language Course 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
HIS 300 Level Course 3
HIS 300 Level Course 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Three
Fall
HIS 300 Level Course 3
Minor Course (Non-History) 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours18
Spring
HIS 500 Level Course 3
Minor Course (Non-History) 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours18
Year Four
Fall
HIS 500 Level Course 3
Minor Course (Non-History) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
HIS 721 Historiography 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
HIS 300 Level Course 3
Minor Course (Non-History) 3
Minor Course (Non-History) 3
Elective 3
HIS 701 Research Seminar Part 1 3
 Credit Hours15
Summer
HIS 723 Directed Readings 3
HIS 724 Directed Research 3
 Credit Hours6
Year Five
Fall
HIS 600- or 700-level course 3
HIS 600- or 700-level course 3
HIS 702 Research Seminar Part 2 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
HIS 600- or 700-level course 3
HIS 600- or 700-level course 3
HIS 600- or 700-level course 3
 Credit Hours9
 Total Credit Hours150