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The History Department offers a 5-year combined BA/MA program in history. This program allows highly motivated undergraduates to earn both a bachelor's and a master's degree in 10 semesters. Students admitted to the program will complete in their fifth year the same course of study (30 credits) required of MA and PhD students in their first year. Thus the program provides a challenging capstone to college. Our BA/MA may serve as a terminal degree for employment in any field that values historical research, writing, and analysis; or, it may serve as a springboard for doctoral study in history at another institution. The degree may also be combined with certification in social studies through the Teacher Education Program.

For for the certification option, click here to download the advising worksheet. For the non-certification option, click here.


The program is very selective, and successful applicants will normally have a 3.8 GPA or higher in their history courses and very strong faculty recommendations.

Interested students are encouraged to speak with the Director of Graduate Studies as early as possible, but no later than the spring semester of the junior year. Students must be admitted to the program no later than September 1 of their senior year, and persons interested in applying to the program should make every effort to complete the required HIS 301 and HIS 400 courses no later than their seventh semester.

Applications (including two letters of recommendation from Stony Brook faculty) should be submitted during the spring of the junior year, and no later than August 15. Admission decisions will be made in the spring for applications submitted by March 1, and by the beginning of classes for applications submitted by August 15.

The GRE is not required.

Application and recommendation forms should be obtained from and returned to the Graduate Program Coordinator.


Students admitted to the program are only required to complete 111 undergraduate credits, rather than the usual 120 credits, because 9 graduate credits will be counted toward the undergraduate degree. However, only two of these courses may be counted towards the satisfaction of the requirements of the history major.

Students take two graduate courses during the second semester of their senior year, and then complete the remaining graduate courses during their fifth year. Performance in these courses will be reviewed at the end of the year, and permission to complete the remainder of the graduate program would be based on satisfactory performance in the two graduate courses.

Neither the BA nor the MA will be awarded until the requirements of both programs have been satisfied. If you decide to leave the combined program, only two graduate courses can be counted toward the undergraduate degree.

Once students are classified as graduate students (normally Semester 9), they will be subject to the rules of the Graduate School. They will have to pay graduate tuition, and  eligibility for undergraduate financial aid and housing may be affected.

Sample Course of Study

Semester 1
HIS 103 (DEC F)

DEC A: Writing I
DEC A: Writing II
DEC B: Humanities

Semester 2
HIS 101 or 102 (DEC  I)
HIS 213—Colonial Latin America (DEC J; outside primary field)
DEC C (Math)
DEC D (Fine Arts)

Semester 3
DEC E (Natural Sciences I)
HIS 268—American History 1919 to the Present (primary field)
DEC E (Natural Sciences II)
HIS 263—Age of the American Revolution (primary field)
HIS 281—World History & Geography (outside primary field)

Semester 4
HIS 346—Political & Social History of Africa (outside primary field)
POL 325—Civil Liberties & Civil Rights (Cognate field I)
DEC G (Humanities I)
DEC G (Humanities II)

Semester 5
HIS 333—Women in US History (primary field)
POL 320—Constitutional Law (Cognate field II)

Semester 6
HIS 377—American Politics and Diplomacy since 1945 (DEC K; primary field)
HIS 301
UD Elective
UD Elective

Semester 7
HIS 414—Colloquium in U.S. History
UD Elective
UD Elective

Semester 8
DEC H (Science and Technology)
HIS 521—U.S. History to Civil War (field seminar)
HIS 522—U.S. History since Civil War (field seminar)

Semester 9 (change to graduate status)
HIS 524—Core Seminar
HIS 553—Nation State, Civil Society, Popular Politics (theme seminar)
HIS 543—Gender, Sexuality, Reproduction (theme seminar)
HIS 585—Workshop (elective)

Semester 10
HIS 526—Core Seminar
HIS 501—Modern Europe (elective)
HIS 586—Workshop (elective)
HIS 584—Directed reading (elective)

+ Oral examination in history

+ Language requirement (if required)

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