History M.A.

The Master of Arts degree in history emphasizes instruction in the following areas: (1) European History; (2) United States History; and (3) World History. The program is designed for students wishing to pursue graduate study in history. It may also serve those who wish to pursue elementary, secondary, or junior college teaching careers; those who wish to work in public history; and those for whom a graduate degree in history can further their professional or personal goals.

Master of Arts in History--Total Semester Hours=36

Admission Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate degree in History from an accredited college or university or a baccalaureate degree outside of History that includes a minimum of 12 semester hours of upper-division History courses.
  2. A satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). This requirement may be waived if the student has an M.A. or M.S. in another field from the Humanities, Social Sciences, or Arts, pending the approval of the department.
  3. A minimum GPA of 3.0 on all prior upper-division work. 
  4. Consideration is also given to one or more of the following: the applicant's demonstrated commitment to his or her chosen field of study, socioeconomic background, first generation college graduate, multilingual proficiency, geographic region of residence, and level of responsibility in other matters including extracurricular activities, employment, community service, and family responsibilities. 

Degree Requirements

A total of 36 semester hours of graduate work is required. A student may transfer a maximum of six semester hours of graduate work in which a grade of “B” or better has been earned from approved institutions. All transfer work is subject to approval by the student’s advisor. No more than six semester hours in independent study courses and six semester hours in travel/study courses may be applied to this degree. 

Option I: Master of Arts Degree in History (With Thesis).

Option II: Master of Arts Degree in History (Without Thesis).

Research Seminar (3 hours)

HIST 5310Seminar in History

Historiography (3 hours)

HIST 5394Historiography

Thesis (Option I only) 6 hours

HIST 5395Thesis

HIST 5396Thesis

Other History Course Electives (15-21 hours)

Option I    15 hours 
Option II   21 hours

Reading Seminars - one in each of the following areas (9 hours)

European History Before 1715 or since 1715
United States History To 1877 or since 1877
World History African History or Latin American History

Graduation Requirements

  1. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in all graduate history work attempted.
  2. Successful completion of a thesis (Option I) or of written comprehensive examination (Option II).
  3. Foreign language - twelve credit hours, or demonstrated reading knowledge, of a single foreign language only for Option I students whose thesis topic focuses on a country where English is not the primary language.