Graduate Programs

M.A. in Atlantic History & Politics


The Kinder Institute and College of Arts & Science at the University of Missouri launched MU’s one-year M.A. in Atlantic History and Politics in Fall 2020. Applications for the 2022-23 M.A. cohort will open in Fall 2021, and you can click on “APPLY HERE” above to begin your application.

Beginning in July 2021, the M.A. will kick off with a month of study at Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford, where students will earn the first nine credits associated with degree. Following that, students will spend the academic year at the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri, where they will immerse themselves in the remaining 21 credit hours of interdisciplinary study of history and political science, with course credit available for internship opportunities in research, public history, and academic programming.

The M.A.’s curriculum examines the connections and conflicts among the diverse peoples of the Atlantic basin, including the Americas, Africa, and Europe. The courses that students can apply to the degree likewise cover a broad sweep of time, from the dawn of European empires through the age of revolutions, into the more recent “American century.” The program situates the development of modern nation-states, including the United States, in relation to the broader exchange of ideas, goods, and power across the Atlantic world.

Graduates of the program will acquire an appreciation of the entanglements and conflicts that have defined the histories of the peoples in the greater Atlantic world. They also will leave the program with refined faculties of critical thinking, crisp writing skills, and verbal agility—traits coveted by employers in a range of professions.

Use the tabs below to find out more about degree curriculum, the application process, and funding opportunities.

Oxford Coursework (9 credit hours)

Beginning in July 2021, the M.A. will kick off each year with a 9-credit hour month of study at Oxford University. Students will live and dine in graduate housing of Corpus Christi College, founded in 1517. Classes will be held at the Rothermere American Institute, the largest center for the study of the United States outside of North America. Additionally, there will be group excursions to sites of historical interest, including Blenheim Palace, Sulgrave Manor (ancestral homeland of George Washington), and the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool.

In Oxford, M.A. students will take three classes:

CNST DEM 8041: The Making of the Atlantic World, 1600-1800, taught by Dr. Sonia Tycko, Kinder Junior Research Fellow, Rothermere American Institute (cross-listed with HIST)

CNST DEM 8042: The Atlantic World from the Age of Revolutions to the Age of Nation-States, 1760-1900, taught by Lawrence Goldman, Senior Research Fellow of St. Peter’s College, Oxford, and Senior Fellow of the Kinder Institute (cross-listed with HIST)

CNST DEM 8050: Britain and the World, which is comprised of guest lectures from Oxford faculty, excursions to sites of historical interest, and faculty-led discussion sessions.

Required MU Coursework (12 hours)

For the on-campus portion of the degree, students will take 21 hours of 7000-, 8000-, and 9000-level coursework at MU during the fall and spring semesters. Of those 21 hours, nine will come from the following three required courses.

CNST DEM 8045: Atlantic History and Politics from the Age of Revolutions through the American Century
HIST 8480: Historiography
POL SC 9120: Voting and Elections, POL SC 9140: Political Institutions, POL SC 9175: The Evolution of State Legislatures, OR POL SC 9220: Public Law

The remaining three hours of required course credit will come from M.A. candidates enrolling in HIST 8060, a yearlong, three-credit hour course through which students will attend, actively participate in, and complete a series of assignments associated with the Kinder Institute’s robust program of colloquia, lectures, and academic conferences.

Elective Coursework (9 credit hours)

Students will fill their remaining 9 credit hours by enrolling in approved elective courses in multiple academic units across the College of Arts & Science, including the Departments of History and Political Science, the Truman School of Public Affairs, and Black Studies, English, and other relevant departments. At least one of these courses must focus on topics outside of the United States and modern Britain.

Elective courses offered include seminars on the histories of Native Americans, Latin America, the French Revolution, political thought, de-colonization and twentieth-century Africa, the ancient world, slave resistance in the Caribbean, and the political history of modern Europe.

Up to three hours of credit can be earned by students who arrange their own internships or work placements. In the past, MU graduate students have secured internships at the Missouri State Historical Society, the National Churchill Museum (Fulton, MO), the National World War I Museum (Kansas City), the Harry Truman Presidential Library (Independence, MO), and the Missouri State Government (Jefferson City).

Elective Study Abroad to University of the Western Cape, South Africa

As part of their elective coursework, M.A. students can take an additional three-credit hour study abroad class, HIST/BL_STU/CNST_DEM 7835: “Race and Politics in South Africa.” Offered during Mizzou’s two-week intersession term in January, with projects and additional class meetings completed in Columbia during the spring semester, the abroad portion of the class will be taught on the campus of Mizzou’s partner institution in South Africa, University of the Western Cape. Mizzou faculty will lead this course, which will include discussion-based seminars, guest lectures from South African partners, and excursions.


Admissions Criteria and Materials

  1. A B.A. or equivalent from an accredited institution
  2. 3.0 or better GPA in last 60 hours of baccalaureate coursework
  3. International applicants must meet Mizzou requirements, including TOEFL score (see link)
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. Personal Statement of no more than 1,000 words explaining goals and expectations in graduate study
  6. A writing sample of between 5-20 pages that showcases the ability of the applicant to succeed in the M.A. program

Candidates can apply through the University of Missouri’s online application portal, which can be accessed here.

Merit and need-based scholarships are available. Please indicate on the application form if you would like to be considered.

Tuition & Scholarships

The tuition and study abroad fees for the M.A. in Atlantic History and Politics, estimated based on AY 2020-2021 projections, are listed below. Merit and need-based scholarship are available from the Kinder Institute to cover study abroad costs. Additionally, a limited number of teaching assistantships, which carry a tuition waiver and stipend, are likely to be available. Please indicate on the application form if you would like to be considered for a teaching assistantship and/or a Kinder Institute scholarship.

Information about further opportunities for financial aid from the University of Missouri can be found here

Estimated Program Costs (in-state)

  • Tuition & Fees (30 credit hours) $13,463.33
  • Study Abroad Fee (room, meals, and excursions) $1,012.00
  • Flights to the UK for Study Abroad $1,000 (estimate)
  • Total: $15,475.33

Estimated Program Costs (out-of-state)

  • Tuition & Fees (30 credit hours) $31,704.00
  • Study Abroad Fee (room, meals, and excursions) $1,012.00
  • Flights to the UK for Study Abroad $1,000 (estimate)
  • Total: $33,716.00