Masters Program

Master’s students in History at BGSU enjoy numerous program options, academic resources, and financial aid opportunities. The Department’s main strengths lie in U.S. history, European history from the medieval period to the present, East Asian history, modern Latin American history, African history, public history, and policy history. The Department of History offers six master’s degree options:

  • two Master of Arts degrees (thesis and non-thesis options)
  • a dual History/German Master of Arts
  • a dual History/French Master of Arts
  • a dual History/Spanish Master of Art

All students must register for History 6520 - Historiography. Beyond this required course, students are free to enroll in any graduate history course, as well as up to six credits of graduate-level offerings in related departments and programs, including American Culture Studies, Ethnic Studies, German, Russian and East Asian Languages (GREAL), Political Science, Popular Culture, Romance Languages, Sociology, and Women’s Studies.

Students in the M.A. program at Bowling Green pursue one of two plans. PLAN I, which is recommended for students who hope to continue graduate study beyond the master’s degree, requires a minimum of 28 semester hours of course work plus a formal written thesis for which 6 hours of credit are granted. In this plan, students must pass an oral examination on the thesis and the field of history in which the thesis lies. PLAN I permits great latitude in the selection of a thesis topic. Master’s candidates may choose a topic related to policy history, the Department’s focus, or explore social and cultural history. The Department of History encourages M.A. students to pursue inter-disciplinary work, and to use faculty in related departments as thesis committee members. In PLAN II, a master’s degree candidate is required to complete an approved course of study comprising a minimum of 32 semester hours. In addition, the student must pass a final comprehensive examination in two fields of history. Students in both PLAN I and PLAN II must satisfy a research tool requirement by demonstrating a reading proficiency in one foreign language or completing a sequence of computer science or statistics courses.

Students may also opt to enroll in the Dual Master’s degree programs in History and German, History and French or History and Spanish. Students who pursue one of these options must apply either both to the Department of History and the Department of German, Russian and East Asian Languages (GREAL) or both to History and the Department of Romance Languages, and be accepted by both. Through these programs, students attain fluency in German, French and/or Spanish, experience abroad, exposure to interdisciplinary work and the rigorous training provided to all students in both History and one of the two language departments. Students in the History and German program spend their first year in Salzburg, Austria, as regularly enrolled students at the Universität Salzburg. Students in the History and French program spend their first year either at the Université François-Rabelais, in Tours, France or at the Université Laval in Québec, Canada. Students in the History and Spanish program spend their first year at the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Spain. During the second and third years, Dual Master’s students in all three programs pursue a carefully designed curriculum at BGSU, including coursework in History, German, French or Spanish, and, if they desire, related fields such as political science. The thesis is directed by a member of the History faculty or by a member of the relevant language faculty; the thesis committee includes representatives of both faculties.

Information on the various programs and degree options can be found on the web at:

  • Click here for the MA in History Handbook and for standard thesis and non-thesis MA Guidelines and Checklists.
  • Click here for the History-German program information.
  • Click here for the History-French program.
  • Click here for the History-Spanish program.

A distinguishing feature of the Master’s programs is the high percentage of students who are funded. Successful applicants for competitively awarded Research or Teaching Assistantships receive a stipend and waivers of tuition and fees.