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History Graduate Degrees

Note: Admission to the Accelerated M.A. program is open to current KU undergraduate students only. If you are a non-KU student interested in graduate study, consult information about our M.A. and Ph.D. programs, respectively.


The Accelerated M.A. program in History enables qualified KU students to earn both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master's degree in history in five years. Students apply to join the accelerated program during their Junior year, and spend the following two years completing a mix of undergraduate and graduate coursework.

The program has two tracks, one leading to an M.A. in U.S. History and one leading to an M.A. in World History. The M.A. may be pursued as a terminal degree or as preparation to pursue doctoral studies at KU or elsewhere.

Careful course selection and steady progression through the undergraduate career is necessary to ensure all requirements for both degrees be completed within the five-year timeframe.  All prospective students should discuss their interest in admission to the accelerated program with both the Director of Undergraduate Studies and the Director of Graduate Studies as early as possible but no later than Fall of the student’s Junior year.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis but should be submitted before the end of the applicant’s junior year. For more information about the admissions process, click here. 

Accelerated M.A. Degree Requirements

Sample Academic Plan


For questions about undergraduate-level coursework, contact David Farber, Director of Undergraduate Studies

For questions about graduate-level coursework or the broader structure of the Accelerated M.A. program, contact Robert Schwaller, Director of Graduate Studies

For questions regarding the application process, contact Mary Strickell, Graduate Academic Advisor

Learn More

To express interest and request further information about the History Accelerated M.A. Program, click one of the links below to complete a short form.

Current KU Students inquiry form

Future Jayhawks inquiry form (Prospective KU applicants)


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