A. Course Load
The full-time course load for a graduate student in the Department of History is nine credits per semester. Anyone wishing to take more than nine credits (three courses) must get permission from the Department Chair. All financial aid offered by the Department of History is based on a nine-credit course load. The Graduate School, however, indicates that full-time status is six credits, which satisfies the requirement that all full-time graduate students must have health insurance.
B. Departmental Financial Aid
1. Assistantships: Assistantships cover tuition and also carry a modest stipend. Graduate assistants perform approximately ten hours of work per week (or what may be the equivalent of that over the course of a semester) for the faculty members to whom they are assigned. Graduate assistants are expected to be available for this work at times convenient for the faculty. A student who cannot make this commitment should not accept an assistantship, and a graduate assistant who fails to make herself or himself available to faculty cannot expect to retain the assistantship.
2. Scholarships: Scholarships cover full or partial tuition for the fall and spring semesters. Those who are awarded scholarships can expect to retain them throughout their program as long as they make satisfactory progress toward their degree. There are a limited number of tuition scholarships available for summer study. Students must apply to the Department Chair for such aid by March 15.
C. Advanced Standing
The Department may accept up to six credits of graduate coursework to count as advanced standing towards a M.A. degree. Courses accepted for advanced standing must have been taken at an accredited university. Students who wish previous coursework to be considered for advanced standing credit must apply to the Department Chair in writing by the end of the first semester of graduate study.
D. Extra-Departmental Courses
The Department may accept up to six credits for graduate courses taken in the other departments and schools of the university and, in certain circumstances, schools outside the university. Such courses must be approved by the Department Chair. However, no more than six credits from outside the Department can be applied towards the M.A. degree.