Master’s Degrees

M.A. (en route to the Ph.D.). Students enrolled in the Ph.D. program may qualify for the M.A. degree upon completion of a minimum of seven graduate term courses at Yale, of which two must have earned Honors grades and the other four courses must average High Pass overall. Students must also pass an examination in one foreign language. A student in the American Studies program who wishes to obtain an M.A. in History, rather than an M.A. in American Studies, must include in the courses completed at least two research seminars in the History department.
 
M.Phil. Students who have completed all requirements for admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. may receive the M.Phil. degree. Additionally, students in History are eligible to pursue a supplemental M.Phil. degree in Medieval Studies. For further details, see Medieval Studies.
 
M.A. (terminal). For the terminal master’s degree students must pass seven term courses, four of which must be in History; substantial written work must be submitted in conjunction with at least two of these courses, and Honors grades are expected in two courses, with a High Pass average overall. All students in this program must pass an examination in one foreign language. Financial Aid is not available for this program.
 
M.A. in History of Science and Medicine (terminal). This degree is designed for those who plan to combine teaching or scholarship with a professional career in medicine or science. Students who enroll in the terminal M.A. in History of Science and Medicine are expected to complete six courses during two terms of study and submit an acceptable master’s paper. Course work will normally include the three core “Problems” seminars and one additional graduate seminar in history of medicine or science. The remaining courses are to be chosen in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies or a faculty adviser.