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Top 5 Reasons to choose ECU for your Graduate Degree in History

  1. ECU was established as a brick-and-mortar university with highly qualified and respected faculty.
  2. ECU ranks high as a military friendly school by The Military Times
  3. Several courses are offered online, or meet once a week to accommodate commuter students.
  4. We accept transfer credits from previous coursework, up to one-third of your degree can be transferred in from previous classes.
  5. The History Department offers a community with nationally accredited student-run organizations and designated study spaces for students.


If you have questions about the History Department or you are deciding which program interests you, please contact Administrative Assistant, Mia Thompson via email at thompsoname15@ecu.edu. If you are inquiring about a specific graduate program or requirements please contact the Graduate Programs Director, Dr. Jennifer McKinnon via email at mckinnonje@ecu.edu. If you have general content questions, please contact Dr. Gerry Prokopowicz via email at prokopowizg@ecu.edu.

About: The History Department offers two graduate degrees: History and Maritime Studies. The MA in History requires students to choose an area of concentration: European, American, Military, Atlantic World, and Public History. The MA in Maritime Studies does not require a concentration. 

Time Completion: Our master degrees take most students two years to complete if they are enrolled full-time. Students who are enrolled part time can expect to complete their degrees in three years depending on their research and whether they have previous credits. We will work with you to ensure your success.

The MA in History:

The MA in History requires 30 hours of coursework; broken-down it looks like this:

  • Required Courses: 6 hours devoted to your research + 3 hours for your seminar or internship + a 3 hour historiography course = 12 hours
  • Concentration: 4 courses in your area focus (each course is worth 3 hours) = 12 hours
  • Outside Concentration: 2 courses unrelated to your field (each course is worth 3 hours) = 6 hours
  • Foreign Language/ Research Skills Requirement: you may have previous credit for this, you may also test out of this requirement if you have previous knowledge and experience with a foreign language, or you can choose to take a research methods course = 0- 3 hours
  • Total: required + concentration + outside concentration + language/research = 30-33 hours

The MA in Maritime Studies:

The MA in Maritime Studies requires 36 hours of coursework; broken-down it looks like this:

  • Maritime History (Required): 6 hours (2 courses worth 3 hours each)
  • Nautical Archeology (Required): 3 hours (one course)
  • Research (Required): 6 hours (3 hours each semester for one calendar year)
  • History Electives: any other course(s) offered with a non-maritime focus; you can take between 1-6 courses = 3-18 hours
  • Professional Electives: any course within Maritime Studies, normally includes field work; can take between 1-6 courses = 3-18 hours
  • Foreign Language/ Research Skills Requirement: you may have previous credit for this, you may also test out of this requirement if you have previous knowledge and experience with a foreign language, or you can choose to take a research methods course = 0- 3 hours
  • Total: required + history electives + professional electives + language/research = 36-39 hours
  1. Once you’ve selected the program to which you would like to apply, decide when you would like to start. Maritime Studies applications are only accepted for the fall.

    Spring Application Deadline: History Only
    : October 15
    Fall Application Priority Deadline
    : January 15 (this is also the deadline to be considered for Graduate Scholar Awards and Graduate Assistantships)
    Fall Application Deadline #2
    : April 1st
    **If you cannot make these deadlines but are interested in pursuing your Masters in History, we have a rolling application process for History and will consider applications until one week from the start of the fall semester.

  2. Application instructions for the Graduate School can be found here
    **Please be advised that deadlines require all of your information to be submitted, including supplemental items. For further instruction on how to submit these please view
    http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/gradschool/Admissions-Information.cfm.

  3. You will be notified two to six weeks after a decision has been made regarding your application.
Transitioning to the university setting while active duty or leaving can leave you with lots of questions. We want to provide you with the information you need for becoming an ECU Pirate. ECU is unique; we are the only university in North Carolina with a Vets Success Counselor, who can aid you in this process. Additionally, there are several offices and individuals on campus which cater to military members and their families.

Our Top-10 Favorite Resources:

  1. ECU FAQ Page for general questions for Service Personnel

  2. The Military Programs Office is a great reference for active-duty but if you’re not sure how to get started whether undergraduate, or graduate, contact Jeff Netznik at netznikj@ecu.edu

  3. Kimberly Treece is the only VetSuccess Counselor in North Carolina, for questions or more information contact her at 252-737-4989 or treecek15@ecu.edu

  4. If you are a veteran and considering ECU consult Student Veterans Services, you can email them at vets@ecu.edu, or call 252-737-6542

  5. If you are curious about graduate admission please contact the Graduate School at 252-328-6012, or email them at gradschool@ecu.edu

  6. For help with financial aid or how to apply contact the Office of Financial Aid, 252-328-6610, or faques@ecu.edu

  7. Scholarships can be beneficial at the university, for more information go to http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/universityscholarships/

  8. If you have questions about how your finances were processed please contact the Cashier’s Office at cashier@ecu.edu or 252-737-6886

  9. If you are enrolled and having problems with registration contact the Office of the Registrar at regis@ecu.edu

  10. Academics are part of the transition. The Green Team Project is a tutoring group by service members for service members. Contact Elizabeth Coghill at coghille@ecu.edu or 252-737-2011 for more information.