History AMP

Overview

The accelerated master’s degree in history is designed to allow current UVM undergraduate history majors to earn both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in a streamlined period of time. Following formal admission to the Accelerated Master’s Program, students will work simultaneously on their B.A. and M.A. requirements, counting up to six graduate-level credits toward both the B.A. and the M.A. degrees.  Beyond the six double-counted credits, an additional graduate-level course taken prior to award of the bachelor’s degree may be counted toward the master’s degree, provided the course does not also count toward the bachelor’s degree.

Specific Requirements

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO GRADUATE STUDIES FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF ARTS FOR ACCELERATED STUDENTS

Applicants should be undergraduate history majors in the third year of the undergraduate program. Candidates must submit applications to the AMP through the standard Graduate College application process.  The application includes an undergraduate transcript; three letters of recommendation from faculty members; a writing sample; and a statement of purpose.  GREs are not required for the AMP. The application and admission process must be finalized before courses may be counted toward the M.A. 

MINIMUM DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF arts

Option A (Portfolio)
HST 301Graduate Historiography3
HST 397Special Readings and Research3
Twenty-four additional credits in 200- and/or 300-level course work24
Successful completion of the comprehensive examination
Successful compilation of a portfolio of work demonstrating the student’s thematic and methodological proficiencies
Option B (Expanded Essay)
HST 301Graduate Historiography3
HST 397Special Readings and Research3
Twenty-four additional credits in 200- and/or 300-level course work24
Successful completion of the comprehensive examination
Successful completion and defense of the Expanded Essay
Option C (Thesis)
HST 301Graduate Historiography3
HST 391Master's Thesis Research6
Twenty-one additional credits in 200- and/or 300-level course work21
Successful completion of the comprehensive examination
Successful completion and defense of the master’s thesis

HST 301 is required for all students.  Those enrolled in the Accelerated Masters Program may take this required course in the senior undergraduate year, when it will count toward the M.A., but not the B.A. 

At least fifteen credits of course work must be earned in seminars, but students may complete independent study courses that involve the creation of individualized reading lists and regular meetings with instructors appointed to the graduate faculty. With the consent of the student’s advisor, six credits of the required course work for the M.A. may be taken in related fields outside of the history department. Students must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.30 (B+) each semester. Students failing to maintain this average will be dismissed from the program.

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION

Students in the Accelerated Master’s Program must pass a comprehensive examination in a field of specialization, to be defined in consultation with the primary faculty advisor.

The examination requires students to provide a comprehensive analysis of major themes and problems in their field of historical specialization, including attention to historiography and interpretive problems.  The examination may take one of several forms, to be determined by the faculty advisor in consultation with the student and the director of graduate studies.  Options include: a timed written examination; an oral examination; a take-home essay; a historiographical review undertaken as part of the student’s master’s thesis; an annotated syllabus or detailed lesson plans for a field of study.  Exams will be assessed by the primary faculty advisor and a second faculty member.

Candidates whose initial efforts are not judged satisfactory may re-take the exam. In most instances, reexamination will occur within one month.  Students failing the examination twice will be dismissed from the program.

AMP students will ordinarily take the Comprehensive Examination in December or January of the second year of the program.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADVANCEMENT TO CANDIDACY FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF ARTS

Completion of the above requirements.