The M.A. program in Early American and U.S. History is a one-year program. During that year, each M.A. student writes a 40-70-page master's thesis based on original research under the guidance of his or her research seminar director and thesis advisor, while taking two semesters of graduate courses. Each student takes an oral "comprehensive exam," which is a discussion between the student and his or her MA committee about the thesis project. The degree may be earned in one academic year, but most students require the summer after they complete course work to finish the thesis. Part-time students have six years to complete the degree.
Candidates must pass a language exam (pdf) that tests reading knowledge of a language other than English.