Noel Sucese and Katy Evans presenting at the 21st Annual Student History Conference

Ball State’s master of arts program in history will prepare you to enter a doctoral program or enter the workforce as a teacher, among other career options. This program is also useful if you are looking to professionalize your secondary school teaching license.

To best meet your academic and career goals, our program is divided into three options:

  • Option 1: Prepare for a PhD by adding a thesis to your coursework
  • Option 2: Prepare for a PhD and develop immediately employable skills by creating a digital project.
  • Option 3: For certified teachers, this option focuses on two specialized pedagogical courses and prepares you to offer advanced-placement and dual-credit courses at your high school.

What You Will Learn

Our curriculum will give you a strong background in:

  • American society
  • politics and culture
  • women’s history
  • other historical topics

What It’s Like to Pursue a Master of Arts in History at Ball State


Throughout your time here, you will have the opportunity to work alongside notable professors, conducting research with them and on your own.

They come from a variety of backgrounds with research interests spanning a wide breadth of areas.

Some students will have the opportunity to be a graduate assistant and work even more closely with some of our faculty.

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You’ll gain highly demanded job skills thanks to one of our signature courses, Digital History.

You’ll learn employable skills in content-driven website design. The main goal is to present fully corroborated evidence in a user-friendly way, utilizing available programs like the Voyant word-cloud generator.

As a student, you can do research with us the day you set foot at Ball State.

Bracken Library has more than 2.3 million volumes of books, musical scores, archival records, and other information for you to search.

Plus, you will have access to the state-of-the-art technology and amazing resources of the Helen B. and Martin D. Schwartz Special Collections and Digital Complex.

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Bracken Library

You’ll have the opportunity to work with original sources and records such as:

  • the Sir Norman Angell Papers
  • the Stoeckel Archives (records of Muncie and Delaware County, Indiana)
  • the collection at the Center for Middletown Studies

Program Requirements

You will complete 33 credits of courses in historical research, historiography, and courses in American, European, and/or world history.

If you intend to continue your education after getting your master's, you must complete a thesis. You will have the opportunity to defend your thesis, which is great practice for a doctoral program. However, students working toward a terminal degree in history can write a thesis or complete six credits of coursework in lieu of a thesis.

Credits

Total: 33

  • 27 credits of core courses and directed electives
  • 6 credits in one of four concentrations:
    • thesis concentration
    • general concentration
    • digital concentration
    • history concentration

Courses

A few of the classes you will take include:

  • HIST 612 Seminar Modern Historiography
  • HIST 613 Seminar in Historical Research
  • directed electives
  • 6 credits in your chosen concentration

For a complete list of all the courses you will take and their descriptions, please see our Graduate Catalog.

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What Can You Do with a Master of Arts in History?

The master of arts (MA) in history may serve a terminal degree or as a prelude to an additional graduate degree. In addition, the degree may be used to professionalize the standard secondary school teaching license. Students with an MA in history may go on to pursue careers in:

  • community colleges or universities
  • museums
  • private corporations
  • public agencies
  • private individual or small firms
  • private nonprofit organizations

Paying for Your Education

Department Graduate Assistantships

A graduate assistantship is an excellent opportunity to gain meaningful professional experience while helping cover the costs of your degree. Learn more.

Ready to Apply?

Are you interested in pursuing this degree? Then you will need to meet our admissions criteria and apply.

More Information

If you would like to learn more about this program or about Ball State Graduate School in general, please complete our online form to request more information. Or, if you’d like to speak with someone in our department directly by phone or email, please contact us.