History M.A.

The Master of Arts degree in history emphasizes instruction in the following areas: (1) Africa; (2) Europe to 1715; (3) Europe since 1715; (4) Latin America; (5) United States to 1877; and (6) United States since 1877. 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). 
  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. 

Students have two options for completion of the Masters of Arts Degree in History:

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

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

Reading Seminars (18 hours)

 Africa (3 hours) Pre-Colonial African History before 1885 
Modern African History since 1885 
 Europe (6 hours) Early European History to 1715
Modern European History since 1715
 Latin America (3 hours) Colonial Latin America to 1821
Modern Latin America since 1821
 United States (6 hours) United States History to 1877
United States History since 1877

Research Seminar (3 hours)

HIST 5310Seminar in History

Historiography (3 hours)

HIST 5394Historiography

Other History Electives

Option I - Thesis Candidates   6 hours 
Option II - Non-Thesis Candidates 12 hours 


Option I Only  minimum 6 hours 

Graduation Requirements

  1. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in all graduate history work attempted.
  2. Successful completion of a written comprehensive examination.
  3. Foreign language (Option l only)—Twelve credit hours, or demonstrated reading knowledge, of a single foreign language.