Published Date

February 1, 2005

From Retrieving the Master’s Degree from the Dustbin of History (2005)

This is a count of institutions that offer at least one variety of the master’s degree in history, and not of history departments as such, though there is significant overlap between the two groups. Master’s degrees in history education go by a wide assortment of names: M.A., M.A.T., M.A.Ed., M.Ed., M.S., M.S.T., M.T.A., etc. These degrees are included on the list only when they are described as history degrees by the institutions that award them-for example, when history education programs are lodged in a history department rather than a school of education, or when an institution uses the Department of Education’s Classification of Instructional Programs code 13.1328 (“History Teacher Education”) to describe the degree, rather than CIP code 13.1318 (“Social Studies Teacher Education”).

Appendix 1-1

Census Sources (keyed to the numbered columns in the table):

1= History departments/programs listed in the American Historical Association’s Directory of History Departments, Historical Organizations, and Historians, 2002–03 (Washington, D.C.: AHA, 2002) that describe themselves as offering any variety of master’s degree.

2= Between AY 1995 and AY 2000, these institutions awarded at least one master’s degree in any of the six main categories for history in the 1990 Classification of Instructional Programs developed by the U.S. Department of Education: “History, General” (45.0801), “American (United States) History” (45.0802), “European History” (45.0803), “History and Philosophy of Science and Technology” (45.0804), “Public/Applied History and Archival Administration” (45.0805), and “History, Other” (45.0899). This span encompasses the five most recent years of detailed data from the IPEDS Completions survey conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics, retrieved via the National Science Foundation’s WebCASPAR system on July 23, 2003. The total number of master’s degrees awarded in these categories by each institution is presented in the right-hand columns of the table.

3= Institutions that awarded at least one master’s degree in “History Teacher Education” (Classification of Instructional Programs code 13.1328) between AY 1997 and AY 2000. This span encompasses the three most recent years of data from the IPEDS Completions survey, retrieved via the National Science Foundation’s WebCASPAR system on July 23, 2003.

4= Institutions listed as offering a history master’s degree in Peterson’s Graduate and Professional Programs, 37th ed. (Princeton, N.J.: Peterson’s, 2003), vol. 2: Graduate and Professional Programs in the Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences.

5= Institutions listed as offering a history master’s degree in the Educational Testing Service Directory of Graduate Programs, 17th ed. (Princeton, N.J.: Educational Testing Service, 1999), vol. D: Directory of Graduate Programs in Arts & Humanities and Other Fields. Based on an independent survey of all accredited institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada.

6= Institutions listed as offering a master’s degrees in “History” or “Historical Studies” in the College Blue Book, 29th ed. (New York: MacMillan Reference, 2002), vol. 3: Degrees Offered by College and Subject.

7= Institutions listed by the College Blue Book, vol. 3, as offering a master’s degrees in one or more of the following subjects, but not offering a master’s degree in history as such: American Studies, Historic Preservation, History and Philosophy of Science, History Education, Museum Studies, and/or Women’s Studies.

8= Institutions with graduate programs in the history of science that offer a distinct master’s degree, according to the History of Science Society’s online guide to graduate programs, accessed on July 21, 2003.

9= Institutions that offer a master’s degree in public history or a master’s degree in history with a minor or concentration in public history, according to the National Council on Public History’s Guide to Graduate Programs in Public History (Indianapolis: NCPH, 2002).

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