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Graduate Program

Dear potential graduate students in history,

Welcome to our history graduate program information page. So you would like to pursue a Master of Arts degree in History. Great! Here is what we can offer.

We have a traditional Master of Arts degree with two tracks. The first track is training to be a research historian where you will complete a master’s thesis. The second track is the portfolio option where instead of writing a 100 page thesis you would attend more classes. Our second Master’s degree in the Master of Applied Historical Research. This option is training to be a public historian. Public historians emphasize engagement with the wider community in sharing their expertise of history. Both of these Master’s degrees can be completed in two years as a full time student. Our third option is a Graduate Certificate for Secondary Education teachers. This is a one-year program and is training for teachers to teach “concurrent enrollment” classes (High school classes that garner college credits). This is a brief overview of what training we can offer you in our History Graduate program. Please see the rest of the site for more.

One thing I would like to emphasize however, is that we are a small department that offers more mentoring and camaraderie than larger institutions. We treat each incoming group of graduate history students as a new “cohort” that has a shared experience in common classes. Each cohort often studies together with opportunities to socialize together and form a support network for the hard work ahead. Graduate school is hard work and we have the unique structure to see you through the hard times if you are willing to work. We emphasize advising and keep track of our graduate students and will not let you fade away as happens at larger schools. In other words, we care. Please take this into consideration as you look around for graduate schools.

David Walker
Graduate Coordinator

General Questions

Graduate Program Coordinator

Dr. David Walker – please feel free to ask me a question

Office Location

Albertson’s Library
Room L187

Mailing Address

Department of History
Boise State University
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725-1925



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