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Meet a University of Texas at Tyler Graduate

From Preservation to a Promising Future

“Tyler isn’t far from my hometown so it was logical for me to come to the university to get both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history. The program was wonderful, especially the opportunity it gave me to get to know my professors both as professionals and as people. Dr. Edward Tabri and Dr. Patricia Gajda brought European history, my area of specialization, alive for me.

“Now that I have my master’s degree I’m working in the archives at UT Tyler, processing manuscripts for historic preservation and preparing exhibits like the recent exhibit honoring Judge William M. Steger. I’m also working on a second master’s degree in museum studies from Johns Hopkins University.

“My long-range plans include undertaking more research in European history, publishing in professional journals and ultimately consulting in the museum field. UT Tyler has given me a great start in a career field I love.”

Brandy Winn, Gilmer, TX
MA History, 2009

History MA Degree

Deepen Your Skills and Interests to Broaden Career Options

Admission Requirements

The master’s degree in history from The University of Texas at Tyler prepares you to enter a doctoral program in history, teach history at the community college level or pursue many diverse careers that draw on outstanding analytical and research skills. The master’s history program at UT Tyler offers a compelling exploration of our past and the opportunity to explore your specific areas of interests.

  • Earn your degree while continuing your current work and career path by completing evening classes at the UT Tyler campus.
  • Benefit from individual attention and interaction with your professors and study in small classes that average about 15 students.

Graduates of the history master’s program go on to complete doctoral degrees or are employed in a wide range of educational institutions. Others hold positions in local government, the law and libraries and archives.

Learn more from the Department of History

Master’s in History Program : Individualized. Research-Focused.

  • Choose two of the following areas of historical focus to personalize your degree plan:

- European history to 1715

- European history after 1715

- American history to 1877

- American history after 1877

  • Participate in small classes that encourage lively discussion based on comprehensive reading and reflection, and writing assignments.
  • Earn your master’s degree with coursework and either a final written thesis, or by completing additional classes and taking comprehensive exams.
  • Complete an internship or field experience. Or get firsthand on-site study by participating in a history research trip to Russia, China or Poland.

History Faculty: Student Mentors. Active Researchers.

  • Study with professors who are frequent lecturers at such leading professional conferences as: Missouri Valley Historical Society, Texas Medieval Association Annual Conference and Western Women’s Association Annual Meeting.
  • Engage in stimulating classroom discussions with professors who are dedicated researchers and recognized experts in a range of history topics.
  • Design a course of study with faculty who are committed to helping you achieve your career and educational goals.

More about UT Tyler’s history faculty

History Courses: Engaging Explorations.

Twentieth-Century Europe – Undertake an in-depth study of literature in European history of the 20th century.

America Since 1945 – Study literature in American history since 1945.

Reformation Europe – Explore literature in Reformation European history.

More about the graduate history program of study

Career Outlook for Historians and College History Teachers

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that job prospects for historians will grow by 11% through 2018. Writing, analytical research and thinking skills required to earn a master’s degree in history are skills also highly valued by all employers.

Job prospects for community college teachers are anticipated to grow by 15% through 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This increase is a direct result of growth in college enrollment, stemming from an increase in numbers among the 18-24 year old segment of the population.

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