Winthrop University: Master of Arts - History
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Department of History
College of Arts & Sciences
346 Bancroft Hall
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA

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Master of Arts in History


The Master of Arts in history is one of the oldest master’s degree programs offered by Winthrop University. This program prepares students for careers in such fields as teaching, law, library and archival work and journalism, as well as in areas less directly related to the study of history including fields in business and industry.

The history faculty at Winthrop University is comprised of scholarly, talented, energetic, and friendly individuals who are devoted to student learning and promoting the study of history.


Graduate Program Director: 
Dr. Eddie Lee

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Why Winthrop?

GA Position   Learning Outcomes  

Travel Support for graduate students

Students have the opportunity to work in their departments and around campus as graduate assistants.


Study evolving social movements, societal issues from local to global, and the interdependence of the family of nations expressed in foreign policy development and implementation


Travel support is available for graduate student presentations or performances.


      You will develop, with an assigned advisor, an individual course of study which meets the requirements for the degree and your objectives. The program requires completion of 30 hours with a two course thesis preparation sequence. 

      Time to completion: 2 years

      Total Credits: 30

      Format: Campus-based

        Curriculum (MA in History thesis)

        The non-thesis option will allow you to analyze and explore advanced coursework across the full range of history subfields. The program allows 30 hours of traditional coursework.

        Time to completion: 2 years

        Total Credits: 30

        Format: Campus-based

          Curriculum (MA in History without thesis)

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          Master of Arts in History Deadline : No deadline,  rolling admission

          Note: All admission materials must be received by the Graduate School office before an application will be reviewed


          Application requirements for the Master of Arts in History program include:

          • The online Graduate School application with the non-refundable application fee

          • Official transcript(s) from all institutions attended for undergraduate and graduate coursework. Transcripts must be sent directly to Winthrop's Graduate School office from the issuing institution(s)

          • Evidence of a satisfactory score on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination; score of 150 or higher on the verbal section

          NOTE: Due to COVID-19, the M.A. in History program will waive the GRE requirement until further notice.

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      Beyond Graduation

      Kenya Lane

      Master of Arts in History, Class of 2020

      “As a member of the first cohort of Winthrop’s Accelerated Master’s in Biology program, I became part of a close-knit community of graduate students and faculty that taught me how to really do science! The advanced discussion classes gave me valuable experience in reading and communicating scientific research; we went beyond the textbooks and straight to the source. Other classes included hands-on field and lab work, writing literature reviews, learning to use statistical analysis software, and developing our scientific inquiry skills. Additionally, I learned a lot about teaching through working as a graduate assistant. The excellent mentorship and community spirit among the faculty and students here at Winthrop can’t be matched. This program helped me start my career, and fueled my passion for research and teaching! Since graduating, I have been teaching several different biology classes and interviewing for PhD programs, and I can’t wait for what comes next!"


      M.A. in History graduates go on to careers in a wide variety of history-related fields or continue their training in doctoral and professional degree programs.  Here are some directions our students have gone in:


      • Teaching at all levels from high school to university
      • Museum curator
      • Foreign news correspondent
      • Archivist
      • Movie/TV historical museum consultant
      • Public administrator
      • Politics and government
      • Historic preservation
      • Public relations
      • Consumer advocacy

      Our graduates have worked for museums, archives, and repositories such as:

      • Historic Brattonsville

      • The Shiele Museum

      • Louise Pettus Archives

      • Museum of the Waxhaws

      Last Updated: 7/13/22