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The interdisciplinary MA in Atlantic History and Politics examines the connections and conflicts among the diverse peoples of the Atlantic basin, including the Americas, Africa, and Europe. The course covers a broad sweep of time, from the dawn of European empires through the age of revolutions and 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. The MA kicks off 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.

Degrees Offered


On Campus

The Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy and the School of Law offer an integrated program in which students may obtain both an MA degree in Atlantic History & Politics and a JD degree from the School of Law. Although an MA degree in Atlantic History & Politics normally requires one year plus one summer of study, and a JD requires three years, many students will be able to complete the program in three years plus two summers. Students also have the option of completing the program in 3.5 years.

Application Procedure

Applicants to the Dual Degree Program must submit formal applications for admission to the School of Law and to the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy, accompanied by a statement requesting permission to pursue the Dual Degree Program. Students must meet the requirements for admission to both programs. Contact the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy and the School of Law for further information on admissions requirements.

For students who seek admission to and enroll in one program and then later choose to pursue the Dual Degree Program, a successful application to the second program and the request to complete the Dual Degree Program must normally be submitted before the student has substantially completed the requirements of the first program. However, petitions requesting admission to the Dual Degree Program from students at more advanced stages in either program will be considered.

On Campus

Admission criteria

Entrance TermApplication Deadline
SummerRolling admission with the initial deadline of January 10th
  • Availability to participate in a program that runs from the beginning of July through mid-May
  • A BA or equivalent from an accredited institution
  • A 3.0 or better GPA in last 60 hours of baccalaureate coursework
  • International applicants must meet Mizzou requirements including TOEFL scores. Click here to view additional requirements for international applicants.

Minimum Language Requirements

Click here to view the minimum English language proficiency test scores

Required Application Materials

For the Graduate School

  • Completed Graduate School online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Atlantic History and Politics Program

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement of no more than 1,000 words explaining goals and expectations in graduate study
  • A writing sample of between 5-20 pages that showcases the ability of the applicant to succeed in the MA program

Please NOTE that no GRE is required.