Master of Arts in History

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

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

Admission Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  2. A satisfactory score on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The GRE should be completed prior to enrollment.
  3. A satisfactory grade point average on all prior upper-division work (Minimum GPA - 3.0)
  4. A minimum of 12 hours of upper-division history courses
  5. 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: With Foreign Language and Thesis

OPTION II: Without Foreign Language and Thesis

  1. Reading seminars (12 hrs.)
    One in each of the following areas
    European history to 1715
    European history since 1715
    United States history to 1877
    United States history since 1877
  2. Research seminar (3 hrs.)
  3. HIST 5394: Historiography (3 hrs.)
  4. HIST 5395 and 5396: Thesis (6 hrs.)
  5. Other History Courses
    1. Option I (12 hrs.)
    2. Option II (18 hrs.)

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)—Two semesters, or demonstrated reading knowledge, of a single foreign language.