As History M.A. Students at Virginia Tech, we choose from three concentrations.
MA in History
Graduate with a degree in two years. With a two-year degree graduates are well grounded in historical content through coursework and develop strong research and writing skills by designing an original research project, usually a thesis
Small classes and individualized guidance for student-inspired research projects
Combination of required courses, electives, and research credits to complete 33 credit hours for graduation (Please consult “Courses” for detailed information and a sample plan of study)
Interdisciplinarity is a core value of our MA degree. We encourage students to engage with the interdisciplinary graduate programs affiliated with the History Department including ASPECT (Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought), STS (Science and Technology Studies), Women’s and Gender Studies, Africana Studies, and Material Culture and Public Humanities.
MA in History with Public History Certificate
Earn a graduate certificate in public history while completing requirements for the MA
Public History courses can satisfy both History MA and certificate requirements
The certificate requires six additional credit hours (2 courses) of 39 credits
All certificate students complete an internship as part of the course requirements
One graduate public history course is offered each semester
Faculty strengths in digital history and oral history
Design a specialized “Public History Thesis” with both a research and outreach component
More information is available at the Public History Program website: www.vtpublichistory.org. This site was designed and is maintained by VT public history students.
Education Dual-Degree Program
Designed for students interested in a teaching career
Graduate with two Master’s degrees (MA in History and MA in Curriculum and Instruction) with VA Teaching Licensure