University of Maine Master of Arts in History Accelerated Graduate Pathway

Program Type
Accelerated Graduate Pathway
Leads to Master of Arts (MA)
Mode of Study
Pathway: Varies by major

Pathway Highlights

  • Complete two degrees: Earn your bachelor’s degree at the University of Southern Maine (USM) and your master’s degree in History through the University of Maine (UMaine).
  • Take advantage of a time-saving & cost-saving pathway for highly motivated undergraduate students looking ahead to graduate school.
  • Save up to 9 credits worth of tuition, fees, and expenses.
  • Declare a major in History at USM to be eligible.
  • Begin a leadership role sooner with both your bachelor’s and your master’s degrees in hand.
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How the pathway works

During your final year of undergraduate study, you’ll begin taking graduate-level UMaine History courses — if you meet progress requirements and graduate program admissions standards. The UMaine graduate-level courses will satisfy credit requirements for your undergraduate major at USM as well as the first year of the UMaine graduate program.

This pathway is offered in partnership between the University of Southern Maine (USM) and University of Maine (UMaine).

Major in History

To enroll in the UMaine History MA Accelerated Graduate Pathway, you must declare a major in History at USM. Our accomplished faculty include Fulbright recipients and distinguished professional historians.

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Program requirements

You can apply for the pathway during your third year of undergraduate study at USM. To satisfy requirements for both your History major and your future UMaine History master’s program, you’ll be required to earn a high grade in specific courses and maintain a GPA of at least 3.5.

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Admission to UMaine History MA program

You must apply for admission to the UMaine graduate program by February 1 of your final year of undergraduate study at USM. You will be required to submit the University of Maine graduate program application along with all required admission materials. The GRE requirement will be waived.

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About the UMaine History MA

The UMaine History MA offers concentrations in U.S., Canadian, European, and Asian history; environmental history; the history of labor and immigration; women’s history; international and military history; the history of cartography; and spatial and digital history.

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Frequently asked questions

Our Accelerated Graduate Pathways offer highly motivated undergraduate students the opportunity to begin graduate study while completing their bachelor’s degree.

Next steps

Our helpful admissions counselors are here to answer your questions about the admissions process, our academic programs, and student support services. We also invite you to explore the many ways to visit campus or to engage with us through online experiences.

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Please note: You must enroll at the University before declaring this pathway. This pathway is most beneficial when you declare it as early as possible in your undergraduate studies. Current USM students should contact your Academic Advisor to learn more about how the pathway can work with your current academic progress.