Timeline for stand-alone M.A. students

This is a list of time-sensitive steps in the process of acquiring an M.A. as the final degree in the UIC Dept. of History.  It is not a list of all degree requirements.  Italics indicate that this is a logical semester in which to complete this item, although it is not necessary to do it during this semester.  All calendar dates are approximate.  For exact dates for each academic year, see Important Dates, which is distributed each year.

First semester:
Take Hist 501.
Take colloquium in major field.  For students in U.S. history, take Hist 551(a).
First opportunity to apply for foreign language examination:  Oct. 5.

Second semester:
For U.S. history students, take Hist 551(b).*
Possible semester for seminar.*
Second opportunity to apply to take foreign language exam:  Feb. 1

Third semester:
Possible semester for seminar.
Last opportunity to apply for foreign language examination:  Oct. 5.  Must fulfill foreign language requirement this semester.

Fourth semester:
Apply for graduation (online):  Feb. 1.
Apply to take comprehensive exams:  Feb. 1
Comprehensive exams:  March 20.

Graduate with M.A.

*Students should be aware that the combination of a colloquium and a seminar taken in the same semester involves a lot of work, although it may be doable, depending on other commitments.

May 2008