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MA World History

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

5814 USD
5814 USD

Application fee

International 80 USD
National 80 USD
Department of History
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
GRE (avg)307
GMAT (avg)732

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About this course

The Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania also offers a M.A. in World History. This program is also designed for students with specific objectives such as community college or secondary school teaching, journalism, public sector work, or government service and for those who want to think comparatively about the past and who are interested in studying the many linkages among world regions. It is intended particularly for students who neither require nor desire a Ph.D. degree. A broad program of study, which combines a specialized knowledge of at least one geographic region with the investigation of inter-regional processes and thematic comparisons, will be worked out in consultation with the student’s advisor.

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Eligibility Criteria

Eng lang – On the TOEFL-iBT exam (Internet-Based Test), competitive applicants tend to have a composite score of 100 and above (the exam is scaled from 0-120, with 120 being a perfect score) with demonstrated consistency on each section of the exam (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). On the Paper- Based TOEFL, Penn tends to admit students with a score of 600 and above (the exam is scaled from 310 to 677, with 677 being a perfect score).

  • IELTS - 7.0
  • GRE - 307
  • GMAT - 732


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Course Modules

Candidates for a M.A. in World History are required to do the following:

  • Complete a minimum of eight courses, which may include History 700 (with the instructor's permission) but must include: History 670, the Teaching of World History;  at least one graduate level course that has a broad, trans-regional focus; at least one graduate level course with a comparative or thematic focus that has a broad geographical reach; at least one research seminar; and two additional graduate courses in the Department of History or other departments, as appropriate for the student’s special interests. One of these could be an independent study course.
  • Write a Master's thesis grounded in detailed regional knowledge but informed by attention to trans-regional influences and ties. The topic and methodology must be approved by the student’s advisor.
  • Pass a final examination based upon the Master's thesis and a statement of intellectual goals developed by the student and his or her advisor.  This examination will be conducted by the candidate's academic advisor and at least one other Graduate Group faculty member.

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How to Apply

The Department of History admits a small class of highly qualified students to the doctoral program each year. We also admit a select number of students for the terminal M.A. program. Admission to the Department is highly competitive. In recent years, we have admitted approximately ten percent of all applicants. When reading applications, we consider every element of the application carefully, in particular:

  • The match between the applicant's intellectual interests and the strengths of our faculty.
  • The academic record, with close attention to grades in history and related subjects.
  • The recommendations of three faculty members who have taught you in history or related subjects who know you well and who can attest to your intellectual abilities, qualities in the classroom, and writing skills. Recommendations from employers (unless they are in history or a related field) are seldom useful.
  • GRE scores. GRE scores are considered with the totality of the application. Alone, they rarely determine the admissibility of a student. We do not expect students to take the subject test in history. (UPenn GRE - 2926) Students should, however, take the GRE test so that there is time enough for your scores to reach the University by the
  • December 15 application deadline.
  • TOEFL/TSE scores, if applicable.
  • Ability to write clearly and intelligently.

All applications AND supporting materials to the Department of History must be submitted online between October 1st and December 15th in any given year, for admission into the Master's or Ph.D. program for the Fall term (beginning in September) the following academic year. Applicants are urged to file their applications and supporting material as early as possible to allow time for the most careful consideration.

A successful application to the department will include the following:

1) Completion of all information requested in the on-line application .

2) A Personal statement (not longer than two double-spaced pages).

3 )Three letters of recommendation submitted on-line .   Interfolio packets are NOT accepted. Referees must  upload a letter of recommendation into Penn's application system.

If your recommender cannot or will not use the online system, we strongly suggest that you ask someone who will. All applications will be read entirely in an electronic format, and if one of your letters is not there, then the application will not be considered complete.

4) Transcripts from any institution that has or will grant you a degree .

A school issued official OR unofficial copy of the transcript from any school that has or will award you a degree should be scanned, saved as a PDF file and uploaded into the application. Should you be admitted and accept admission, you will be required to submit an official copy from the institution(s) in question.

5) A writing sample of not more than 10 double-spaced pages

You are required to upload into the application a writing sample NOT TO EXCEED 10 DOUBLE SPACED TYPED PAGES. Do not include images, or bibliographies. If you submit more than 10 pages, only the first 10 will be downloaded and used for your application. We will not use or save anything over 10 pages, so you should format your sample to adhere to this limit. While the application may technially accept a larger sample, we will not accept anything larger than our stated limit.

We will not consider your application if it does not include the writing sample.

The application system will close at midnight on December 15, 2015. You will not be able to submit any information or supporting materials after this time.

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