The History M.A. Program at Queens College
Applying for Admissions
wishing to apply to the History M.A. program as a matriculating degree student
or a non-matriculating student must apply online at this link: www.qc.cuny.edu/admissions/graduate/which_application.
Paper applications are no longer being accepted.
above, all students who wish to apply for non-matriculated status must submit
an application online through the Graduate Admissions website. Your
application must include a copy of all undergraduate transcripts as well as a
personal statement of c. 500 words. The statement is our chance to get to
know you beyond your transcript, so use it to discuss your academic background,
reasons why you'd like to take MA-level courses in our department, and anything
else you consider relevant. Once you have completed the online
application, please notify Dr. Julia Sneeringer, the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS,
formerly called the Graduate Advisor), that you have done so -- this will
ensure that your application receives prompt attention.
Please note the following policies for non-matriculated
can take no more than 12 graduate credits (4 classes).
completion of the
first six credits, you must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and your
continued enrollment is subject
to the review of the department's Director of Graduate
cannot enroll for additional classes with more than two incompletes.
your maximum of 12 credits has been reached, you can only continue taking
history courses after successfully applying for formal admission to the
for all graduate students, your acceptance into the program is contingent
upon the discretion of the department.
The M.A. Program
Application to the program is through the Graduate Admissions link above. Your
application must include a copy of all academic transcripts, 3 letters of
recommendation (at least 2 of which should be from teachers who can comment on
your performance in their classes), and a personal statement not to exceed 750
words. The personal statement helps us get to know you beyond your transcripts,
so use the opportunity to discuss your academic background, why you'd like to
be part of the MA program in History (e.g. professors you'd like to work with,
areas you'd like to study), and any other information you deem relevant. We
can only review your application once it is complete, so be sure to follow up
with your recommenders to ensure they've submitted their letters.
A student who
is formally admitted to the Master of Arts program of the Department of History, Queens College, CUNY, should confer with the Director of
Graduate Studies during the first semester of study within the program.
The MA in
History at Queens College can be completed by either of two tracks, the
“research track” or the “professional track”. The research track is designed
for students who have an interest in pursuing the Ph.D. and working as
professional historians at the university level. The professional track is
designed for those interested in History beyond the undergraduate level who are
working fulltime or who otherwise view the MA as their terminal degree in the
field. This track is typically useful for schoolteachers at the elementary and
notify the Director of Graduate Studies of their initial preferred course of
study within 18 credits. Students may apply to the Director of Graduate Studies
to switch tracks at any time in their residence, and will be held to the
requirements in the new track that they are joining.
following are the requirements for the research
- Thirty (30) credits of coursework,
which must include Hist 791 (3 credits) and Hist 796 (3 credits).
- An approved prospectus for the Master’s
thesis. The prospectus is a detailed plan of what the student hopes to
achieve with the thesis; the composition of a prospectus, typically around
12-15 pages, is largely the goal of Hist 796. The student must formally
present, or “defend”, the prospectus at a meeting of two faculty readers, who
must approve it for the student to advance.
- A Master’s thesis. The thesis is
an original historical argument based on extensive research in both primary
sources and secondary scholarship. It is written in consultation with a
faculty advisor, who must formally approve the final draft. It must be a
minimum of 16,000 words (approximately 65 pages).
following are the requirements for the professional
- Thirty-six (36) credits of coursework,
which must include Hist 791 (3 credits).
- Written exams. Students must pass
written exams in two broadly defined subject areas, which may be determined in
consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies and relevant faculty
- Capstone project. Students must
complete a capstone project, which may be determined in consultation with the
Director of Graduate Studies. The capstone may be a portfolio of papers
that a student has written in coursework, or an oral presentation delivered in
a departmental context, or other examples of historical work. The
capstone must be approved by the department.
(NB: Some entering students may be required to take
additional courses to maintain specified GPAs due to deficiencies in history
preparation prior to admission to the program. Such additional requirements, if
imposed, are set forth at the time of admission.)
Research Track Only
Before starting on their theses, students must do the
to their thesis advisor a 12-15 page thesis proposal which will cover the
(1) problem identification and research question,
(2) a review of theoretical and substantive literature,
(3) a discussion of primary sources, and
(4) a tentative outline of research paper and table of contents. Consult
the department's prospectus guidelines for details about
these requirements and read this model prospectus that a past
Queens College history graduate student submitted to the department.
- If the written proposal is
acceptable to the advisor, the advisor will schedule a 20–30 minute
discussion/examination with the student and a second faculty member who
will have read the proposal. The student will receive a pass/pass
contingent on requested revisions/fail on this examination. The two
faculty readers must fill out and sign the department's thesis proposal examination form and
return the completed form to Dr. Julia Sneeringer, the Graduate Advisor.
The student may not retake this examination more than once. After passing
the examination, the student will inform the graduate advisor in writing
about the name of the topic.
satisfactory thesis answers a well-focused question and offers conclusions
based on a thorough investigation of pertinent evidence. The thesis is
conducted under the general supervision of the graduate advisor and the
specific direction of a member of the History Department. A thesis
generally runs from 65 to 85 pages, with 75 pages considered optimal.
Procedures for Completing a Master's
MA candidate must submit three
(3) copies of the thesis with format and title page
as described below. Do not staple any portion of the thesis.
front matter, all text, all notes and all appendices must provide for
of 1.5 inches on the left side of the paper. All text must
- The title page, as
its top line, displays the title of the thesis and then, two or three
spaces down, the student's name. Further down on the title page, the
following sentence must appear, arranged in a multi-line block:
"Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree
of Master of Arts in history, in the Graduate Division of Queens College
of the City University of New York," followed by a thesis advisor
signature line and a date line. See sample title page here.
otherwise specified by the thesis advisor, all notes should follow the
"humanities" or "documentary note" system as specified
Chicago Manual of Style or the same system
presented by Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers,
Theses, and Dissertations.
- Plagiarism is not
tolerated. All cases of plagiarism involving any
stage of the master's thesis will be reported to the Dean of Students, in
the case of MS students to their Education Advisor, and will result in a
one-year suspension from the MA program as a minimum and dismissal from
the program as a maximum.
Procedure for Submitting the Thesis
- The signature of the thesis
advisor, written on the title-page signature line, signifies
final approval of the thesis as complete in all aspects. The advisor must sign
three copies of this title page; these will
serve as the cover page for each copy of the thesis.
addition, there is a separate M.A. Thesis Approval Form. Print
up one copy of this and have your advisor sign after he or she has signed
the thesis title-pages. This will then be submitted to the History
Department. (The History secretaries will pass along copies to the Dean of
Graduate Studies, Richard Bodnar, and the Registrar's Office.)
all forms have been signed and the Thesis Approval Form has been submitted
to the History office, the student must pay a binding fee of $25.00 at
the Bursar's Office and
take the receipt plus the three (3) copies of the thesis to the Rosenthal Library for binding (Room
201). One copy is for the Library, the second is for the History
Department, and the third is for the student. The student may submit
one or more additional copies to be bound for his or her personal use, but
must first pay the Bursar $15.00 for each additional copy.
Department awards three yearly prizes, for which graduate students are
Arnold Franco Award, the recipient(s) of which are announced in the fall,
for the best paper treating the subject of historical revisionism,
Michael Wreszin Award for a superior history paper, and
Frank Merli Graduate Student Prize.