History, Accelerated BA/MA

Accelerated BA/MA in History

About the Degree

This is an accelerated five-year BA/MA program. After successfully completing this program, a student will receive a bachelor’s degree as well as a master’s degree in history. Under the supervision of faculty advisers in history, a student in the program will finish the core course requirements and most of the electives for the bachelor’s degree in the first three years. 

During the third year of the baccalaureate degree a student will formally apply to the program through the Graduate School. Upon acceptance, a student will be cleared to complete the remaining electives of the bachelor’s degree and 30 credits of graduate work for the master’s degree in the last two years. A student will be eligible for a graduate assistantship only in these last two years and must be registered for at least nine graduate credits in each of those semesters.

Once students have fulfilled the requirements for the BA, and while working on their requirements for the MA degree, they need to pass written comprehensive examinations in at least two fields of specialization and they need to complete coursework in an additional field from the following list:

  • Ancient: History of the ancient world.
  • Medieval: Social, cultural, and political history of Medieval Europe until 1500.
  • Europe, Renaissance to 1750: Social, cultural, and political history of Early Modern Europe.
  • Europe, 1750 to present: Social, cultural, and political history of Europe from 1750 to the present.
  • America to 1877: Colonial American History.
  • United States since 1877: Modern American History.
  • History of Science: A field focusing on the historicaldevelopment of science and scientific knowledge, including natural and social sciences. 
  • Public History: A field that focuses on coursework, research and internships that prepare students to work outside of academic settings, in venues such as museums, historical societies, public policy organizations and media.
  • World History: A field that emphasizes connections in global events, ideas, political and artistic trends since 1300.
  • Comparative Non-Western History: A field that combines coursework and research on a common theme in two non-western fields, among them: Middle East, China, Latin America, Africa, South Asia.

Fulfillment of one field requires 7 credits.

In this program, students fulfill the general education requirement, the foreign language requirement, and the history major requirement for a BA in history while they also fulfill their requirements for the MA degree in History. During the course of the MA program, students take courses on Historiography (Theory of History), as well as courses in three fields of History, as detailed in the previous item.

Salary and Career Outlook

Students can take this accelerated BA/MA program with the goal of applying for admission into PhD programs in History. In addition, students can take this accelerated program to pursue careers as educators in the public school system or in private schools, careers as researchers in cultural organizations and policy think tanks, and careers in museums, libraries and historical societies.

Why Akron?

This is the only accelerated BA/MA History program in Northeast Ohio. Since the quality of the faculty in a master’s program plays a major role in the ability of graduates to secure good positions in doctoral programs, it is also worth noting that The University of Akron’s History faculty has the highest rate of book and article publications of any public university in northern Ohio. The connections and profile of the faculty help students to advance in a variety of careers upon graduation.

Benefits of UA's BA/MA History program:

  • The biggest benefit that this program offers is that students are able to earn a BA and an MA in History in only five years, which places them in a fast track to advanced study in History at the PhD level or to pursue other career goals.
  • Another distinctive feature is that, because students are eligible for teaching assistantships during the year when they are fulfilling their MA requirements, this program allows them to have teaching experience, which places them at an advantage as potential candidates for PhD programs and also in future careers in teaching.
  • Our graduate program’s small size ensures individualized attention and considerable flexibility in designing students’ plan of study.
  • Finally, as with our regular MA program, the requirement that students specialize in three different fields allows students to develop a well-rounded education and to be exposed to a variety of historical fields. Due to the wide-range of field specializations of our faculty, our students focus their studies on a combination of thematic and geographical/temporal fields.

Contact Information

            Graduate Coordinator:           Dr. Martha Santos

                                                            College of Arts and Sciences, Room 207A


                                                            (330) 972-2686

            Graduate School:                   Heather Blake

                                                            Polsky Building, Room 467


                                                            (330) 972-7664