The Master of Arts program of study in history is a flexible one which prepares students
for a variety of careers. Students who regard the M.A. as a terminal degree usually
elect to fulfill its requirements by 33 hours of course enrollment without writing
a thesis. Most of these students go on to teaching positions on the secondary and
community college levels; a lesser number enter government service; and some secure
specialized positions in business, industry, and journalism.
Those students who want to teach on the university level or have a career in historical
research and writing should look upon the M.A. program as preparation for a Ph.D.
program. We therefore urge them to write a master’s thesis.