Students accepted into both programs may choose to combine the M.A. in History with the M.S. in Information Science. The dual degree allows them to combine coursework, reducing the total required credits by up to 13 credits.

At present, the MS in Information Science (various concentrations) is a 42-credit program; the MA concentration in Public History is 36 credits; other history concentrations are 30 credits, making a total of 62-65 credits, depending on the history MA concentration.


When should I apply?  Students may be admitted to a dual master's degree program at the beginning of their graduate studies, but not later than after completing 20 graduate credits applicable to a dual master's degree program.

What if I already have a graduate degree?  Work done for an awarded master's or doctoral degree may not be used for this program.

What if I decide later to complete one degree but not both? Students may leave a dual program before completion of both degrees. If the requirements for one degree have been fulfilled, that degree may be awarded.

What is the benefit of combining these degrees? Up to six information science credits may be applied to the history MA, and up to seven history credits may be applied to the information science MS, reducing the total credits needed by 13. (However, faculty responsible for concentrations in both programs may require additional coursework.)

The MSIS requires a 3-credit internship, and the MA concentration in public history requires a 6-credit internship. Can these be overlapped? Yes. The overlapping three credits would be considered part of the 13-credit overlap possible. With the approval of advisors in both programs, the overlap might be achieved in a few ways:

  • Students take the 6-credit public history internship (HIS 798) and it also counts as a 3-credit information science internship (IST 668), or vice versa;

  • Students split the internship between departments, with a 3-credit special project (HIS 599) and the 3-credit internship (IST 668)

Where can I find out more about the internships? Click here.

What would the pathway through the two degrees look like Here's an example of the pathway through the MA with a concentration in public history and an MS with a concentration in archives & records: MA-MSIS_check_sheet_June2018F.pdf

To see the general History MA course pathway:

For information on the Master's in Information Science, see Information Science

What are the application deadlines and requirements?  Deadlines for applying to the History M.A. are August 1 (fall semester), December 1 (spring), and April 15 (summer). For more information, click here