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.
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. Students must apply to the AMP through the standard Graduate College application process. The application and admission process must be finalized prior to the beginning of the senior year. The candidate’s undergraduate record, letters of recommendation from faculty members, writing sample and statement of purpose will be major factors in evaluating applications.
MINIMUM DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF arts
|Option A (Thesis)|
|Requires twenty-four credits of 300-level coursework or 200-level coursework approved for graduate credit, six credits of thesis work (HST 391), and satisfactory performance on a comprehensive examination in two areas of historical knowledge. The thesis must be successfully defended in an oral examination.|
|Option B (Portfolio)|
|Requires thirty credits of 300-level coursework or 200-level coursework approved for graduate credit and the successful completion of a comprehensive examination in two broad areas of historical knowledge.|
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.
Students in the Accelerated Master’s Program will ordinarily take Comprehensive Examinations in September 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.