Master’s Degrees

M.A. in History (terminal). The Department of History offers a one-year terminal master’s degree in history. To receive the degree, students must pass seven term courses, four of which must be in History. Students must submit substantial written work 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). The Program in the History of Science and Medicine (HSHM) offers a master’s degree designed for students 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 normally includes the three core HSHM “Problems” seminars and one additional graduate seminar in history of medicine or science. The remaining courses are chosen in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies or a faculty adviser. 
M.A. (en route to the Ph.D.). Students enrolled in the Ph.D. program in History 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 also must pass an examination in one foreign language. A student in Political Science or American Studies who wishes to obtain an M.A. in History, rather than an M.A. in their primary department, should contact the Graduate Registrar in History for further information.
M.Phil. Students who have completed all requirements for admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. may receive the M.Phil. degree.