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History, Bachelor of Arts / Master of Arts

St. John's University Students
147 Credits
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens Campus, Staten Island Campus


The combined baccalaureate and master’s program in history is designed to provide highly-motivated students with the opportunity to complete their undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years of full-time study.

Students in the program may elect a thesis or non-thesis option. Those in the thesis track matriculate for a total of 147 credits (33 on the graduate level), including six credits of HIS 900 (Master’s Research). Those electing the non-thesis option complete a total of 147 credits (33 on the graduate level), including six credits of graduate departmental coursework in lieu of HIS 900.

After completion of the requirements for the B.A., students enroll full time in graduate courses for the fifth year of the combined degree program. For specific requirements, please contact the program director.

Department Contact

Nerina Rustomji, Ph.D., Graduate Director
St. John Hall 244C
[email protected]



Please see the requirement chart for the academic progression criteria in this dual degree program.

Students should apply for admission to the combined BA/MA program during the second semester of their sophomore year, in consultation with the director. Qualifying students have completed at least 60 credits of undergraduate work with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and at least 12 credits of history courses with an index of 3.5. Students are expected to maintain grades commensurate with the requirements for entry into this combined degree program while matriculated.

Dean Contacts

Laura Schramm, Ph.D., Associate Dean
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
St. John Hall 145
[email protected]

Molly Mann, M.L.S., Assistant Dean
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
St. John Hall 145
[email protected]


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 program 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.