Graduate Degrees and Certificates

Master of Arts

  • 35 credit hours in History
  • Only one core course, HIS 7830 - Methods and Research in History, to provide maximum flexibility to adapt the program to fit your specific career goals
  • Three options for degree:
    • Plan A - 27 hours of coursework plus a thesis (8 hours)
    • Plan B - 32 hours of coursework plus and essay (3 hours)
    • Plan C - 35 hours of coursework plus an examination in the major field
  • A number of fields available for concentration, including a new field in world history
  • Contact Professor Eric Ash, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History

Master of Arts in Public History

  • 33 credit hours in an interdisciplinary program
  • 6 specialized tracks to prepare students for careers in public history
    • Museum Studies
    • Cultural Resource Management
    • Public Policy
    • African American History and Culture
    • Labor and Urban History
    • Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
  • Contact Professor Eric Ash, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History

Doctor of Philosophy

  • We offer a strong doctoral program with a variety of fields, including transnational work
  • Wayne State University is a leading research institution
    • The WSU Library System ranks 48th of the top 100 research libraries in the nation
    • The Reuther Archives, established in 1960, is one of the premier archives of American labor history and affiliated social movements
    • The Burton Collection of the Detroit Public Library system, is a nationally-recognized research center for the history of Michigan and the Midwest
    • The Louise Lovett Wright Research Library of the Wright Museum of African American History is a new and growing collection for scholars in the field of African American history, featuring a concentration on regional history and a growing collection of oral histories
  • Students take a total of 90 credit hours, thirty of which are concentrated in dissertation research and writing
  • Contact Professor Eric Ash, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History

Joint J.D./M.A. Program

  • Students earn both a Juris Doctor and a Masters in History through a coordinated program that only requires one additional semester beyond that of the J.D.
  • Students must be admitted to the Law School before applying for the joint program
  • Contact: Professor Sandra VanBurkleo, ad5235@wayne.edu.

Joint M.A./M.L.I.S. Program

  • Students earn both a Masters in History and a Masters of Library and Information Sciences degree through a coordinated program.
  • Instead of taking 35 credit hours for the M.A. in History and another 36 credits hours for the M.L.I.S. for a total of 71 hours, students in this program are able to double-count 14 credit hours and receive both degrees with 57 hours of coursework - a significant tuition savings.
  • Contact Prof. Eric Ash, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History

Joint M.A./M.Ed. Program

  • Students earn both a Masters in History and a Masters of Social Studies Education through a coordinated program.
  • Instead of taking 65 total credit hours for both programs, students in this program will complete both degrees with 52 hours of coursework.
  • Students must be admitted to both the College of Education and the Department of History.
  • Contact Prof. Eric Ash, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History

Graduate Certificate in Archival Administration

  • Conforms to program guidelines set by the Society of American Archivists
  • 15 credit hours in graduate-level courses in Archival Administration
  • Includes a practicum in archival practice
  • Contact Prof. Eric Ash, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History, or Prof. Steven Bajjaly, Director, Library and Information Science Program,  dx1042@wayne.edu

Graduate Bridge Certificate in World History

  • 15 credit hours in graduate-level courses in World History
  • Includes a seminar in World History
  • Includes 12 hours of courses with continental distribution
  • May include transnational coursework
  • Contact Prof. Eric Ash, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History

 

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