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M.A. in History Program Requirements

Master of Arts (MA) in History
Department of History

Fahy Hall, (973) 275-2774,

Faculty: Connell (LaMotta Chair); Fieldston; Greene; Harvey; Hoffer; Knight; May; Matusevich; Molesky; Quinn (Director of Graduate Studies); Rekabtalaei; Rzeznik (chair); Schultz
Faculty Emeriti: Browne; Driscoll; Lurie; Scholz; Shapiro; Stock; Walz.

Program Summary

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in History provides training to students pursuing a range of careers, including education, public service, archival management and library science. It is also a valuable preparation for those planning to undertake doctoral studies in history. In addition, the program welcomes applications from non-traditional students who wish to study history for its own sake without any career plans in mind. Working closely with knowledgeable and widely published professors, students are exposed to the best work currently being done in the historical profession. As taught at Seton Hall, history is both an excellent mental discipline and intellectual pleasure. Many of our graduates have gone on to achieve distinction in the historical profession.

The Department of History offers two distinct programs of study: a traditional Master of Arts (M.A.) degree program and a five-year (B.A./M.A.) accelerated degree program available both to Seton Hall history majors and education/ history majors.

Application Deadlines

The application deadlines for the M.A. in History program are as follows:

  • Fall Semester: July 1st
  • Spring Semester: November 1st
  • Summer Semester: April 1st

General Admission Requirements

Applicants must submit the following materials (please note that an application will not be reviewed until all required materials have been submitted):

  • Completed Graduate Application with Fee
  • Résumé 
  • Personal Statement 
  • Three Letters of Recommendation 
  • Official Transcript(s) 
  • GRE General Exam Scores

Note: GRE Scores may be waived if an applicant has 5+ years of professional experience after receiving their bachelor’s degree and/or already possess a graduate degree. If you fit these requirements, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies to request a waiver.

Admission Requirements for International Applicants

In addition to the general admission requirements for the M.A. program, international applicants must submit the following additional materials:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores.
    Note: this requirement may be waived if you have earned a prior degree from an accredited university/college within the United States and/or if you are a citizen of a country of which English is the official language. Such a waiver must be requested via email to the department.
  • Transcript evaluation: Transcripts from institutions not accredited in the United States or Canada must be evaluated, course-by-course, by an organization that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). The preferred and most commonly-used organization is World Education Services (WES). 
    Note: Original transcripts are not required if a WES evaluation is submitted. However, an international application will not be reviewed without a WES evaluation, even if the original transcripts have been submitted.

Admission Requirements for the B.A./M.A. Dual Degree Program

To qualify for admission into the dual degree program, students must:

  • Complete 75 credits toward a B.A. with at least 21 credits in history at Seton Hall 
  • Complete HIST 2180: Introduction to Historical Research 
  • Be showing consistent progress toward a B.A. in History with a minimum overall GPA of 3.4 and a minimum history GPA of 3.4 
  • Produce a statement of intent outlining your reasons for pursuing the M.A. in History at Seton Hall 
  • Submit official transcripts documenting all academic work undertaken at the undergraduate level 
  • Submit three letters of recommendation, including two from Department of History faculty 
  • Submit a writing sample demonstrating the student’s academic potential

How to Apply

You can start a graduate application through the University's main graduate studies webpage.

The personal statement and résumé can be uploaded directly onto the online application. Letters of recommendation are also received electronically. The application will ask you for the names and email addresses of your references. Once submitted, your references will receive an emailed request for the recommendation that they will then submit back to the university electronically. Official transcripts must be sent by the issuing institution either via an approved electronic delivery service or in a sealed envelope sent to the following address:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Seton Hall University
400 South Orange Avenue
South Orange, NJ 07079

For international applicants, TOEFL/IELTS scores can be sent to Seton Hall using the following institution/CEEB code: 2811. For information on acquiring a credential evaluation from World Education Services, please go to their website.

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