Welcome to the Rutgers-Camden Master of Arts in History program, where we offer a diverse range of tracks to cater to your interests. Immerse yourself in American heritage through our American history track, explore the realm of public history, unravel the intricacies of legal history, examine the interconnectedness of global events, or embark on a journey through early modern history. Our program provides the foundation for a fulfilling academic experience, with expert faculty, rigorous research, and intellectual discourse. Prepare to challenge your perspectives, broaden your understanding, and become a skilled historian.
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The Rutgers-Camden program is designed to propel your career advancement while enhancing your historical understanding, as well as honing your writing and research skills. As a graduate, you’ll find rewarding opportunities in various fields, including educational institutions, museums, archives, and other public institutions. Many of our alumni have secured fulfilling positions in secondary and college education. Moreover, if your aspirations extend to pursuing a Ph.D., our program offers exceptional preparation to help you achieve that goal.
The History Graduate Program leads to the Master of Arts degree and features course offerings in six tracks:
Early Modern History
The learning goals encompass a wide range of skills and knowledge, including expanding your historical expertise and familiarity with historiography, deepening your understanding of historical theories, honing your ability to interpret primary sources, and equipping you with the proficiency to produce publishable-quality research papers. For students in our public history track, you’ll have the unique opportunity to develop advanced practical skills in several specialty areas of public history, gaining hands-on experience that is invaluable for building a successful career in public-facing institutions such as museums, archives, and historical sites.
|DEGREE||Master of Arts (M.A.)|
Accelerated option available
|FORMAT||Full-time or part-time, on-campus|
|FUNDING||University, Graduate School, and Departmental Funding Available|
Program in Action
Assistant Prof. Evan Jewell won the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, joining 42 artists/scholars for research from Sept 2022 to Jul 2023.
MARCH, in Cooper Street Historic District, Rutgers-Camden, fosters humanities collaboration and innovation in the Mid-Atlantic, providing graduate students valuable work experience.
Led by Kendra D. Boyd and Jesse Bayker, the Black Camden Oral History Project captures life and activism, notably the Rutgers-Camden student protest movement.
READINGS IN EARLY AMERICA, 1763 to 1820 (56:512:505)
Examines the principal political, social, economic, and cultural developments from the Seven Years War through the Missouri Crisis and Panic of 1819.
THE CRAFT OF HISTORY (56:512:550)
This course introduces students to key issues, questions, and methods that shape the entire discipline of history, rather than focusing on specific areas.
MUSEUMS IN THE DIGITAL AGE (56:512:586)
This course explores the impact of the digital age on museums, examining changes in operations, visitor engagement, and the continued relevance of physical museums in a digital era.
READINGS IN AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY TO 1877
This course surveys African American History from the 1600s to 1877, covering slavery, resistance, black leadership, Reconstruction, and the New South’s development.
READINGS IN EARLY MODERN EUROPE: THE RISE OF THE STATE
This course explores Early Modern Europe’s transition from the Middle Ages to the Modern era, highlighting Europe’s rise as a global power and the birth of the modern state.
|TRANSCRIPTS||A transcript showing the completion of an undergraduate degree with a B average in your previous academic work with evidence of distinction in your work in history|
|LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION||Two letters of recommendation|
|PERSONAL STATEMENT||A personal statement of one to two pages explaining your reasons for seeking an M.A. in history and the aspects of the past that most interest you|
|WRITING SAMPLE||A writing sample of fewer than 15 pages|
Preference is given to those submitted before the deadline for both decisions and funding opportunities. Applications received after the deadlines will be considered based on available space and budgetary constraints.
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Let’s begin a conversation about your academic and professional goals. If you have questions regarding the curriculum, faculty, admission criteria, or committee, please feel free to contact the Graduate Program Director. For administrative inquiries concerning the application process, campus, tuition, and fees, reach out to the Graduate School. We are dedicated to assisting you from application to graduation day.
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We invite you to explore the boundless opportunities that await you here, where a world-class faculty, diverse community, and innovative curriculum converge to nurture your intellect and foster your professional growth. Your future starts with a simple yet significant act – learning more about the exceptional programs we offer. So, why wait? Start your application journey with us, and together, we’ll unlock a future filled with possibilities and endless success.