Graduate Programs


ADMISSION:  Criteria for admission to the History Graduate Program involves the following: 

POST-BACCALAUREATE ADMISSION:  A student may be admitted to the History Graduate Program as a post-baccalaureate or temporary student by doing two things: (1) completing an on-line application form and (2) submitting a copy(ies) of all undergraduate transcripts of the student’s academic record. This must be submitted to the Department of History and Political Science (to Professor Saul Lerner—CLO 209, or to our Department Secretary, Susan Schultz—CLO 215.  A post-baccalaureate student may take up to 12 hours of graduate course work and these classes will count toward completion of the MA Degree in History.  This is the quickest way to get admitted and begin to take classes. 

REGULAR GRADUATE ADMISSION:  Regular admission involves: (1) completing an on-line application; (2) submitting three letters of recommendation (these may be done on line, if the recommender wishes)—at least two of the three letters should focus on the ability of the applicant to undertake graduate study; (3) payment the $60 graduate application fee; (4) submitting a 300- to 500-word statement on why the student wishes to undertake graduate study; (5) submitting two official transcripts of all previous collegiate work; and/or (6) submitting the scores of the Graduate Record Examination only if the student’s undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) is below a 3.0/4.0.  All of this must be submitted to the Department of History and Political Science (to Professor Saul Lerner—CLO 209 (PH: 219-989-2329),or to our Department Secretary, Susan Schultz—CLO 215 (PH: 219-989-2347).  Once collected, these materials will be forwarded to the Graduate Office and to West Lafayette.  Normally, applicants must have either an undergraduate major or minor in history (or equivalent).  If not, there may be some prerequisites that the applicant will need to fulfill.

TYPES OF HISTORY PROGRAMS: Following admission, the student may pursue either a non-thesis option, which most of our students seek, or do a thesis option, which fewer students pursue.  The decision does not have to be made early in the program.  

NON-THESIS OPTION:  The Non-thesis option consists of thirty-three credits of 500-level or 600-level courses.  Of these, at least nine courses or 27 credit hours must be in history classes.  The remaining two courses, or six hours, may be in history courses, or could be in a related field of the student’s choice.  Of the nine history courses, at least four must be in 600-level research and writing seminars of the student’s choice.  The remaining five classes may be either 500-level or 600-level classes of the student’s choice.  Students are permitted lots of opportunities to select those classes in which the student is interested.  Based on the student’s courses, the student creates a Graduate Examining Committee as he/she completes the studies for the MA.  Completion of the course work is followed by comprehensive written exams developed by the student’s examining committee.  The exams are over the courses taken by the student.

THESIS OPTION:  The thesis option involves eleven 500-level or 600-level classes of which at least three 600-level research and writing seminars must be taken, plus HIST 698—MA Thesis.  The Thesis enrollment is directed by the faculty member who is the student’s research director and heads a three-member thesis committee.  The thesis must follow the standards established by The Graduate School, be approved by the thesis committee, and be presented in a thesis defense.  Beyond the thesis defense, there are no comprehensive exams. 

FEE INFORMATION:  Fee information is available on line or may be obtained from the Graduate Office: 219.989.2257.


Prof. Saul Lerner, Ph.D.
Department of History and Political Science
2200 169th Street, CLO 209
Hammond, In  46323
Ph: 219.989.2329
Fax: 219.989.2160