Master of Arts in History

Program Coordinator

Admission Deadlines

Additional Links

Dr. Dixie Haggard Fall Semester: July 15 Retention/Dismissal/Readmission Policy
Spring Semester: November 15 Graduation Requirements
Phone: 229-333-5947

Summer Semester: None

Department of History 

Admission Requirements

Required Documents

Admission Requirements

Online Graduate Application

  • Application Fee $35 (credit or debit card and e-checks accepted)
  • Apply Online

One Official Transcript from each institution where you have previously enrolled (undergraduate and graduate).

(Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at VSU will be obtained by the Graduate School

  • Must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally- accredited institution.
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale calculated on all attempted coursework.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in all college-level History courses, with no grade below a "C" in a History course.
  • Minimum of 15 semester hours credit in upper-level (3000 or above) History courses.

Graduate Record Exam

Minimum GRE Requirements:
  • 500 Verbal score and 4.0 Analytical score
  • If taken July 2011 or later: 153 Verbal score and 4.0 Analytical score
Career Goals Essay
  • An essay detailing applicant’s interest in enrolling in the program, goals for advancing his/her intellectual abilities in the program, and how study in the program will advance his/her professional skills.

Two Recommendations

(General Recommendation Form Required)

  • Recommendations from professionals familiar with your academic work.
Formal Writing Sample
  • Sample of formal writing such as a research or seminar paper.

VSU Medical Form

  • The form must be completed and signed by the student/applicant.
  • This form must be received prior to enrollment, NOT prior to admission.
  • Applicants who are currently enrolled, and those who attended VSU in the past, are not required to resubmit the Medical Form

Unless otherwise indicated above, all required documents must be received on or before the admission deadline for your file to be reviewed. It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate time for document delivery and to en-sure receipt of documents. Please allow at least 7-10 days for delivery by mail.

Important Program Information

Applicants wishing to be considered for a graduate assistantship (GA) position must have completed application packets on file by February 1.

International Applicants 

International applicants must meet all admission criteria and documentation requirements as defined by the program, however, additional documentation may be required.  Please review the information below for specific information and guidelines.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) ExamInternational English Language Testing System (IELTS), ELS Language Centers Level 109, or completion of level 6 at VSU's English Language Institute – Applicants whose first language is not English (based on country of citizenship) must submit one of the above. International applicants whose first language is not English but who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution may be exempt from the language proficiency requirement.

  • Certificate of Finances- The Certificate of Finance is required of any applicant requiring a student visa to enter the United States to complete his or her studies. This document is considered a part of the application for admission and applications will not be reviewed without this document.  Applicants who do not require an I-20 student visa to complete their studies are exempt from this requirement.

  • Evaluation of International Transcripts - Applicants who have completed coursework at an institution outside of the United States must submit a course-by-course evaluation of the coursework.  This transcript evaluation must be completed by an international education credentials evaluation service such as Josef Silny, ECE, etc.  The transcript evaluation does not replace the transcript requirement. Official transcripts are still required.

Admission Classifications

  • Regular Status

  • Probationary Status

Meeting the admission requirements outlined above does not guarantee admission into the M.A. program.To be accepted, applicants must receive recommendation from no less than a simple majority of the History Department's Graduate Studies Committee.

Probationary Admission

To be eligible for probationary consideration an applicant must:
  • Have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.50 (on a 4.0 scale), calculated on all undergraduate coursework complete in which a letter grade was awarded.

  • Have a minimum grade-point average of 2.75 in all college-level history courses with no grade below a "C".

  • Have a minimum score of 400 on the Verbal and 3.0 on the Analytical section of the GRE. (For tests taken prior to October 2022, a minimum of 400 Verbal and 400 Analytical).

  • Submit all supplemental admission requirements (i.e., writing samples, essays, recommendations).

  • Have completed at least 15 semester hours (or equivalent) of college-level History courses.

Admission Questions 

For admission questions about this program, please contact the Graduate School by phone, email, or stop by our office.

  • Call Us: 229-333-5694 or toll free 800-618-1878, Option #5







  • Visit Us: Converse Hall (Main Campus), Third Floor, Suite 3100




Applicant Resources