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History, Master of Arts

33 Credits
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens Campus


In the Master of Arts program in History at St. John’s University, you’ll enjoy seminar-style classes that build a broad knowledge of history’s main currents, along with the opportunity to specialize in an area of concentration. You’ll gain proficiency in research, written and oral communication, decision making, and critical thinking.

To fulfill requirements for the degree, you’ll take a minimum of 33 credits in graduate history courses with at least 18 credits focusing in one of the following areas of concentration:

  • United States History
  • European History
  • World History
  • Gender History

You’ll also complete six credits in a minor concentration, along with HIS 401 (Modern Historical Research) and HIS 402 (Historiography).

Department Faculty

Please see a list of our History faculty.

Department Contact 

Nerina Rustomji, Ph.D.
Graduate Director
St. John Hall Room 244C
718 990-5227


Entrance Requirements
You must submit the following items with your application for admission:

  • Evidence of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university with a cumulative overall undergraduate average of at least B (3.0/4.0)
  • Evidence of at least 24 credit hours of undergraduate preparation in history with an overall average of 3.0; students who lack this preparation may fulfill the requirement by taking undergraduate courses approved by the graduate director
  • Two letters of recommendation attesting to your academic quality
  • A personal statement detailing your professional goals and personal experience

Admission Deadlines

  • Fall: April 1 (January 15 if applying for a graduate assistantship)
  • Spring: November 1

Graduate Admission Information
Robert Medrano, Director
Office of Graduate Admission
(718) 990-2790


Thesis Option
If you elect the thesis option for the M.A., you’ll complete six credits of HIS 401 (Historical Research Methods) and HIS 402 (Historiography) and 21 credits in your major and minor concentrations. You’ll also complete six credits of HIS 900 (Master’s Research) and a thesis. A comprehensive examination is also required.

Non-Thesis Option
If you elect the non-thesis option for the M.A., you’ll complete six credits of HIS 401 (Historical Research Methods) and HIS 402 (Historiography) and 27 credits in your major and minor concentrations. You’ll also complete a comprehensive examination.

Career Outcomes

The analytical and communication skills you’ll develop from studying history at the graduate level will make you a competitive candidate in most career fields, including: education; law; journalism; politics; communications; technology; business; research; art; advertising; finance; urban and regional planning; forestry; and medicine. Because our program incorporates digital technologies into the study of history, you’ll also be eligible for opportunities in such fields as television, online media, and information technology. Many recent graduates of the M.A. program in History have also gone on to pursue doctoral degrees either at St. John’s or at other national and international universities. Others have gone on to teach at secondary schools. Still others have landed positions in publishing, public relations, public history, and secondary and higher education administration.

Program News

In the spring of 2014, Professor and Chair of History Elaine Carey, Ph.D., added a new assignment to her section of the University Core history course, Emergence of a Global Society. In order to...