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 Call for Applications + Requirements

I. Call for Applications

The Department of History at East Carolina University (Greenville, NC) invites applications for its Master of Arts in the History of the Atlantic World. (2014 due date: April 1)

Aimed at talented and qualified students from around the world, the Atlantic World concentration of the History M.A. offers training in a variety of related fields across a range of temporal specializations, with interdisciplinary options also available. The program qualifies its graduates to pursue Ph.D.s in the Atlantic World, and potentially in numerous sub-fields, such as European, American, Caribbean, African, and Latin American history, International Relations, and African & African American Studies.  The Atlantic World history concentration at ECU also provides training in academic and practical skills tailored to meet the needs of teachers, public servants, and business leaders operating in a trans-Atlantic and global environment.

The Atlantic World program at ECU is unique because it operates in tandem with thriving programs in Maritime Studies (including Conservation) and Public History.  The curriculum includes a selection of courses in the historiography of the Atlantic World, as well as European, American, Caribbean, African, African American, and Latin American history. The distinguished faculty team also trains students in sub-fields such as the history of gender, the history of race and slavery, the history of Diaspora, the history of political and economic thought, the history of religion, social history, and intellectual and cultural history.

Proximity to North Carolina's "Research Triangle" and reputable Atlantic World and other History PhD programs in the Southeast facilitates research and other collaborations with a wide network of scholars and seminars in the field.

Admission is competitive and depends on the quality and merit of the candidates.  Most candidates will have studied the humanities or social sciences at the undergraduate or graduate level, but other fields of specialization are also welcome and all applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Teaching and research assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Last year a total of 29 students in the Department received M.A. teaching and research assistantship stipends. N.B. The application deadline for Assistantships is January 15, 2014.

Application forms and further information are available here. East Carolina University is a member of the University of North Carolina system.  East Carolina University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action university, which accommodates the needs of individuals with disabilities. 


II. Admission Requirements

1. All Applicants

Applicants to History graduate programs must have a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on all undergraduate work or in their senior year.  (A higher GRE score can offset a lower GPA.)  Students scoring lower than 500 on the GRE Verbal are advised to re-take the test.  Applicants possessing a graduate degree from an accredited institution are not required to take the GRE.

Applications may be obtained from the Graduate School.

A completed application consists of:

  • Completed graduate study application form
  • Official copies of all college transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A statement of purpose
  • Official copy of GRE scores

2. International Applicants

The Atlantic World Concentration warmly welcomes and encourages applications from international students. Potential international applicants are invited to review ECU's International Student Admission Requirements available here.


lll. MA in History: Program Description and Requirements

American, European, Military, Atlantic World, or Public History

The master of arts in history requires a total of 30 s.h. of course work. The department offers five areas of concentration as follows: American history, European history, military history, Atlantic World history, and public history. The student is required to take a minimum of 24 s.h. in one of these areas to which the historiography course, the seminar, and the thesis will contribute 12 s.h. of credit. (The concentration in public history requires successful completion of an internship in lieu of the seminar.) The student must also take a total of 6 s.h. either in a related field of history outside of the major concentration or (at the recommendation of the advisor and director of graduate studies, and with the approval of the chairperson of the Department of History) outside the Department of History.

In addition to the 30 s.h. of course work described above, students must fulfill the department's research skills requirement by: a) successful demonstration of reading knowledge in a foreign language (FORL 6000 satisfies this requirement); or b) successful completion of HIST 5950, 5951 (Introduction to Quantitative History/Directed Readings and Research in Quantitative History); or c) CSCI 5774 (Programming for Research) or CSCI 2600 (Introduction to Digital Computation). If HIST 5950, 5951 are used to satisfy the research skills requirement, they may not be counted toward the 30 s.h. requirement for the degree. Students who intend to pursue a PhD program are strongly advised to fulfill the foreign language requirement.

An oral comprehensive examination will be a component of the thesis defense. Candidates will be required to demonstrate their knowledge of their field of concentration as well as establish how their thesis contributes to that field of study.

Minimum degree requirement is 30 s.h. of credit as follows:

  • Core courses: HIST 6900, 7000 - 9 s.h.
  • Seminar or Internship - 3 s.h.
  • American, European, Military, and Atlantic World History Concentrations: HIST 6910, 6920, or 6930
  • Public History Concentration: Internship
  • Area of concentration (American, European, Military, Atlantic World, or Public History) - 12 s.h.
  • Related history outside area of concentration - 6 s.h.
  • Research skills requirement.
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