The Master's Degree Program in Comparative and Transnational History is a small, rigorous, and intensive program that offers students a theme- or concept-based approach to historical studies. Students approach their studies cross-culturally, through graduate courses in historiography, research methods, and transnational themes (for example, "Comparative Revolutions," "History and Memory," "Atlantic World," "Race," "Slavery," "Empires and Imperialism," "Nations and Nationalism," and "Gender and Sexuality." MA students may also focus on a particular national history. All students write a master's thesis of forty to seventy pages and must pass a language exam that tests reading knowledge in a second language.
(Qualified juniors and seniors at William & Mary may apply to take graduate courses while still enrolled as undergraduates. Email [[gradap]] for more information.)
Applicants to the MA program may apply for apprenticeships in Historical Editing at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Archives and Manuscript Collections at the Earl Gregg Swem Library, Historical Archaeology or Vernacular Architecture at Colonial Williamsburg, and Humanities Computing. Students chosen to serve as apprentices receive a stipend of $4,000. Part-time students are not eligible for financial support.
About half the graduates of the MA program in History at William & Mary have gone on to doctoral programs. The others include secondary school teachers, editors, archaeologists, and museum professionals. For more information on the placement of graduates, see the Placement Directory.If you have any questions, email the [[gradap,Graduate Program]].