Steps for Completion of Program
Graduate School Admission (meet applicable deadlines)
- Submit completed Admissions Application for Graduate Study to the
SU Admissions Office (located in the History packet, in the Registration
Bulletin or on the website).
- Request that official transcript(s) be forwarded by the registrar
of the undergraduate institution(s) directly to the SU Admissions
- Pay the $45 application fee to the Admissions Office.
The Admissions Office will then forward the application and the
transcripts to the History Department.
Admission to Graduate Program in History (meet applicable
- Complete the History Department's
Application Form for Admission to the Graduate
Program in History (this form should be submitted to the History
Request three letters of recommendation
(SU forms available on the History Department
website) from individuals qualified to judge the applicant’s ability to pursue
graduate studies in history, to be sent directly to
the History Department.
- Submit a recent example of scholarly writing (waived for SU
Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
scores directly to the department at the time of application.
Complete the equivalent of an
undergraduate major in history with at least 15 semester hours in
history at the junior-senior level or above, including a course in
research and writing, and achieve a grade-point-average of 3.0 or better
in all history courses.
Students lacking this preparation must make
up the deficiency and may only be admitted on a provisional basis by
taking History 201, 202, 330 or 601 when appropriate.
Provisionally-admitted students may take maximum of nine semester hours
and maintain a cumulative grade-point-average of at least 3.0 with no
grade less than “C”.
Acceptance letter is generated by the Graduate Director (History)
after review by Graduate History Faculty and a preliminary program of
study is planned with the Graduate Director.
Planning a Program of Study
Upon admission to the Graduate Program,
each graduate student should meet with the Graduate
Director to select tentatively the student's preferred
major and minor (a second minor is optional)
concentration areas. These areas will provide the
basis for the written and oral examinations. The four
broad concentration areas are: Chesapeake Studies;
Colonial and Revolutionary America; 19th and 20th
Century United States; and European/World (which
includes Ancient). A graduate student may not receive
credit for a 500-level course in history and/or
anthropology at Salisbury University that corresponds to
the 400-level course or topics course (same title) that
was taken for undergraduate credit at Salisbury
University. In addition, each graduate student must
complete History 601, Methods of Historical Research.
admitted on probation, after completing nine hours of
course work (three hours of which must be at the
600-level), will have their performance reviewed by the
Graduate Director to determine if the student will be
allowed to continue in the Graduate Program. By
the end of the semester in which twelve hours are
the student must review the preliminary program of
study and present any changes to the Graduate Director
Completion of the program requires
a total of 30 semester hours
of graduate course work and satisfactory performances on
oral and written examinations. Each student must
1) At least five
seminar courses (15 semester hours) at the
600-level, including History 601, Methods of Historical
Research. The aim of these classes is to develop
skills in historical research, analysis, and writing.
Furthermore, the aim of these classes is to master the
historical scholarship extant in the student’s chosen
areas of concentration.
The remainder of the credit hours may be earned in
the following ways:
Completion of a thesis (up to
6 non-seminar semester hours: History 630,
Completion of additional graduate seminars (3 semester
Completion of 500-level courses at the graduate level (3
semester hours each;
students must discuss additional
requirements with the instructor at the
beginning of the
Up to six semester hours of graduate work in history may
be transferred from other institutions.
Students must maintain a cumulative grade point
average of 3.0; earning two grades of “C” or one grade
below “C” is grounds for dismissal from the program.
During the Master’s Examinations, the student completes
the written examination first; these responses are used
as the basis for discussion in the oral examination.
Any student who fails the written or oral examinations
may retake the examination once, but must do so within
one year of the date of the original examination.
Preparation for Exams
By the beginning of the semester in which the
student plans to graduate, the student must meet with faculty members in
the major and minor concentration areas to develop a reading list,
receive a reading list, or receive any other guidance regarding
preparation for the written or oral exams at the end of that semester.
The graduate student also completes the application for diploma form
through the Registrar's Office (in accordance with its stated
deadlines), and contacts the University Bookstore concerning
commencement regalia, in accordance with its ordering deadlines.