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WKU History Graduate Program - Non-Thesis Option

Plan B: Non-Thesis Option

Major Steps and Policies for M.A. Plan B:  Non-Thesis Option

1. Preliminary Preparation and Application to Program

2. Conference with Departmental Advisor.

3. Course Requirements

4. Research Tool

5.  Area of Concentration

6.  Time Limit

7.  Grade Requirements

8.  Filing the Graduate Degree Program (Form C).

9.  Admission to Candidacy (Form D)

10. Comprehensive Written and Oral Examinations

11.  Application for the Degree

1. Preliminary Preparation and Application to Program

Candidates for the M.A. degree should have completed an undergraduate major or minor (of at least 18 hours) in history with grade point average of approximately B (3.0 on 4.0 scale). The overall undergraduate grade point average must be at least 2.5.

Applications to the History Department's graduate programs are handled by The Graduate School office.  Students must meet the minimum standards for admission set forth by The Graduate School.

Students must sit for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and submit scores to the university as part of their application.  The advanced test in History is not required.

2. Conference with Departmental Advisor

Upon acceptance to the program, and before courses begin, graduate students must contact the History Department's Graduate Director for advising.  

3. Course Requirements

Thirty-six (36) hours of course work must be completed with a 3.0 average. Each program is individually planned with the Graduate Advisor.

History 535 must be included unless it is being used to meet the requirement for the research tool. 

All courses must be taught by members of the Graduate Faculty if they are to count for graduate credit.

Students may take no more than four 400G-level courses.

Transfer Work: A maximum of nine (9) credit-hours for graduate courses work may be transferred from another institution. See the current Graduate Bulletin for a statement of University regulations for transfer work. No correspondence work can be applied toward the degree.

Enrollment Limits: Graduate students may not enroll for more than 15 hours in a semester or 12 hours in a summer term of 11 weeks -- or 6 hours in a term of 5 weeks. Graduate assistants are limited to a total of 9-12 hours per semester.

4. Research Tool

The research tool requirement may be met by demonstrating proficiency in (1) a foreign language, or (2) Mathematics 203, Statistics, or (3) History 535, provided it is not being taken for course credit as part of the program. A grade of B is required in any research tool course. The Modern Languages Department will administer language proficiency exams.  The research tool must be completed before filing the Admission to Candidacy form (Form D).

5.  Area of Concentration

Each student must take at least four (4) courses (12 credit hours) in a field of concentration in order to qualify for their M.A. exam.

6. Time Limit

All requirements for the degree must be completed within a period of 5 consecutive years from the date of first enrollment.

7. Grade Requirements

Students must attain an average of B (3.0) in all graduate work to receive a degree.'No credit will be given for D work.'No credit will be given for excess undergraduate work or work taken as a special post-graduate student.

8. Filing the Graduate Degree Program (Form C)

The Graduate Degree Program (Form C) must be filed prior to or upon completion of 12 hours of graduate credit.

9. Admission to Candidacy (Form D)

Admission to Candidacy (Form D) is acted upon by the Graduate Council after the completion of 12 hours and before the semester of graduation with a 3.0 average and the approval of the student's Advisory Committee and the Graduate Dean. Any course required for the research tool must be completed before Admission to Candidacy is approved.

10. Comprehensive Written and Oral Examinations

These are oral and written examinations which cover the student's entire graduate program. Students may not sit for exams until completion of all requirements for the degree. See the Graduate Advisor about scheduling the exams.

At least 30 days before the written exam, the student must distribute to exam board members a comprehensive bibliography of all historical works read during his/her course of graduate study at WKU.  If exam board members feel there are deficiencies in the candidate's preparation as evidenced by the bibliography, they may require the M.A. candidate to read more works before sitting for examinations.

11. Application for the Degree

Application for the Degree must be filed with the Registrar by the dates established by the Registrar each semester.

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 Last Modified 8/8/18