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Program Intro

We designed this master’s degree program in history to help you develop the advanced critical thinking, research, writing, and analytical skills – as well as the historical perspective – essential for career advancement in education, business, law, public policy and government.

Department of History, Philosophy, Politics and Economics

With distinctive classes led by talented faculty, this program  is perfect for social studies and history teachers who wish to enhance their teaching, as well as students who wish to continue their studies at the graduate level. We partner with a number of area museums to offer internships that build your network and develop your research skills.

Curriculum Overview

Northwest Indiana has amazing resources and stories for historians to tell. You can take a variety of graduate courses in American and European history, work closely with our faculty in focusing your research interests, and expand your education outside the classroom by learning public history from the region’s museum professionals.

You can currently complete this degree at PNW’s Hammond campus.

The first year the degree program in History is designed to stimulate critical thinking, broaden historical knowledge, and enhance research and analytical writing skills.

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Sample Courses

  • At least 12 credits of History at 60000 level.
  • Written and/or oral comprehensive examinations after completion of coursework.

Critical thinking, research, and analytical skills acquired through this program also prepare students for careers in business, law, public policy, and government.

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Sample Courses

  • HIST 69800 – Research MA Thesis

Program Requirements

You may take as many as 12 credits in a temporary (non-degree graduate) or post-baccalaureate status prior to being admitted to the program.

Requirements for admission to this program include:

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores (at the department’s discretion); the GRE is mandated for students with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Undergraduate history major or strong minor
  • Completed application form and submission of official undergraduate transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • 300-500 word essay on why you wish to attend graduate school


As a history student, you’ll work with nationally and internationally renowned faculty scholars to advance your historical knowledge and analytical skills. You’ll learn regional history at local museums and historical societies. You can take a diverse array of graduate classes, both in person and online, while choosing between thesis and non-thesis options to complete your degree.

A lion sculpture on PNW's campus PNW graduates at commencement


In our program, you’ll learn how to think like a historian:

  • Develop advanced analytical and interpretive skills by examining historical sources
  • Expand your writing and verbal communication skills
  • Advance your abilities to research questions and find answers
  • Contextualize and understand complex historical events and their connections to today

Beyond the Classroom

Our students have many opportunities to learn outside the classroom. Eligible students can join Phi Alpha Theta, a national History Honor Society. Many of our students have also held internships at companies such as:

  • WFMT Studs Terkel Radio Archive
  • Indiana Dunes Tourism
  • La Porte County Historical Museum

Career Paths

A history master’s degree prepares you for further graduate study and for many different careers, including:

  • History teacher
  • Law, public policy and government service professions
  • Archivist, curator or librarian


History MA students are employed around the region and many are seeking their PhD degree. They study and work at institutions like:

  • Illinois Labor History Society
  • Northwestern University
  • Bishop Noll High School, East Chicago
  • Ivy Tech Community College
PNW student Ariana Bulatovich is pictured.

My history professors help me Power Onward. They all look out for their students and make sure they give their students the best they can offer.

Ariana Bulatovich, ’19, Master of Arts in History, ’21

Meet the Faculty

Wendy St. Jean

Wendy St. Jean, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History

I am currently the Advisor for the Masters Program. Some of my roles include course redesign projects for the Freshman Year Experience and Gateway History courses.

Michael Connolly

Michael J. Connolly, Ph.D.

Professor of History

Michael J. Connolly is professor of history in the department of history and philosophy. His teaching and research involve the politics and political economy of nineteenth century America.

A PNW Student in the Classroom

Take the Next Step

Our graduate studies staff is ready to help you take the next step! Contact us at (219) 989-2257 or to see how PNW’s flexible programs can meet your needs.