Application Information


To be admitted to a graduate program in the Department of History and Anthropology, applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree. In addition to the criteria established for general admission to graduate studies the Department of History and Anthropology requires that all applicants meet the following departmental criteria:

  1. Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4-point scale in history and/or related disciplines.
  2. 24 semester hours of undergraduate credit in history.
  3. A letter of intent which indicates how the applicant’s past experiences have prepared him or her for a graduate degree. A letter of intent for the M.A. in Public History should indicate how the applicant’s past experiences have prepared him or her for a graduate degree in Public History and to succeed at the graduate level.
  4. Two letters of recommendation which attest to the applicant’s academic and/or professional achievement and ability to succeed in the graduate program.
  5. An academic or professional writing sample.

Letters should be addressed to the Director of Admissions. All documents should be submitted directly to the Office of Admissions.

Provisional and Probationary Admission

An applicant lacking any of the above requirements may, under certain circumstances, be admitted provisionally or on probation.

Please send all application materials to:

Office of Admissions
Southeast Missouri State University
One University Plaza
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701-4799
Telephone:(573) 651-2590
Fax:(573) 651-5936

For more information, contact the History Graduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Vicky McAlister

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Additional Graduate Information

History and Anthropology Graduate Assistantships

The Department of History and Anthropology has Graduate Assistantships that offer students the chance to develop their professional skills while receiving financial support via a stipend and a fee waiver. Preference is given to applicants with teaching experience and/or historic preservation experience. Deadlines are March 15 and October 15 yearly, but since Graduate Assistantships are generally held by awardees until they graduate, the assistantships are not always available yearly. However, the Department occasionally receives short-term Graduate Assistantships, so it is always worth putting in an application. Please be aware that if you are a potential new student, you also need to apply for program admission before a Graduate Assistantship can be awarded to you.

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Fax: (573) 651-5188
Caranahan Hall 311E

Department of History and Anthropology
One University Plaza, MS4150
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701