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M.A. History

Master of Arts Degree in History Overview

The Master of Arts (MA) in History is designed to expand a student's knowledge of history and, historical method, and to develop research, writing, and analytical abilities in U.S., European, and world history. The degree prepares students for careers in public history, further study towards a doctoral degree, and teaching at the secondary and postsecondary levels.

Provisional Program Admissions

After a student has met the requirements for university admissions, the MA in History program permits them to register for graduate history coursework once they have submitted documentation demonstrating either an undergraduate degree in history with a GPA of 3.0, or the equivalent of an undergraduate major in history (minimum 24 credit hours) with a GPA of 3.0. Students should provide official transcripts in order to document all prior history coursework. If a student has not satisfied this requirement, they may be required to take up to 24 credits of undergraduate leveling in history, in which they must earn a GPA of 3.0. Once they complete any required leveling in history, students are permitted to register for graduate history coursework.

Full Program Admissions

Once a student has completed 12 credits in graduate history coursework, the graduate coordinator considers them for full admission to the MA in History program. The Graduate Coordinator reviews all records submitted at the time of the university admissions decision and when the student is permitted to register for graduate history coursework. If not already submitted, the student is required to submit the university admissions essay and a GRE score taken in the previous six years. The graduate coordinator makes the program admissions decision, which will be made in consultation with the full-time faculty in the program.

The graduate coordinator communicates the program admissions decisions, and acts as the point of contact for inquiries having to do with the MA in History program. The graduate coordinator is also responsible for all advising, including assisting with the student’s selection of either the thesis or non-thesis track. Students must have the approval of the graduate coordinator to change tracks once they have completed 24 hours of course work.

If at any point a student’s GPA in the MA in History program falls below a 3.0, the student is subject to disciplinary action, including suspension and/or removal from the program. If a student receives a failing grade in a course, they must retake that course, and if the failing grade causes them to go on suspension they could remain on suspension until the course is retaken with a satisfactory grade.

Master of Arts Degree in History Core Requirements

The MA in History requires 36 hours of approved course work, including HIST 500 (Elements of Historical Inquiry), 598 (Historiography and Historical Method), and one research course (HIST 520, 532, or 542). In consultation with the graduate coordinator, a student may take 12 hours in an appropriate supporting field. The student must take course work in United States and non-United States history.

Each student must demonstrate reading proficiency in at least one foreign language prior to completion of the degree. Proficiency will be measured either by the successful completion (with a C or better) of 14 hours in a single foreign language (either on the undergraduate or graduate level, at the equivalent of the intermediate level).

Additional Requirements for the Thesis Track

Each student completes a thesis under the direction of a thesis advisor, who chairs the student's thesis committee. The student does not begin work on the thesis prior to completion of 24 hours of course work, and will enroll in Thesis (HIST 588) only with prior approval of the graduate coordinator. Six hours of Thesis (HIST 588) may count towards graduation. Students should prepare their thesis in accordance with the procedures specified by the Office of Graduate Studies. Upon completion of the thesis, the student sits for an oral defense before their thesis committee.

Additional Requirements for Non-Thesis Track

Each student takes a written comprehensive examination based on course work submitted for the MA degree. An examination committee composed of three faculty members administers the examination. If the examination result is unsatisfactory, the committee allows the student to retake the comprehensive examination one additional time. Additional course work in areas of weakness may be required.

M.A. History Non-thesis Option

Program Requirements

Required Courses
HSTK 500Elements of Historical Inquiry3
HSTK 598Historiography & Hist Methods3
HSTK 577Comprehensive Exam0
Select one of the following:3
State and Local History
Sel Topics In Amer Hist
Selected Topics in Europe Hist
Other Degree Requirements
Approved graduate level History electives15-27
Optional Support Field
Optional support field selected in consultation with graduate coordinator12
Total Semester Credit Hours36

M.A. History Thesis Option

Program Requirements

Required Courses
HSTK 500Elements of Historical Inquiry3
HSTK 588Thesis6
HSTK 598Historiography & Hist Methods3
Select one of the following:3
State and Local History
Sel Topics In Amer Hist
Selected Topics in Europe Hist
Other Degree Requirements
Approved graduate level History electives9-21
Optional Support Field
Optional support field selected in consultation with graduate coordinator12
Total Semester Credit Hours36

Required Courses

HSTK 500. Elements of Historical Inquiry. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Introduces graduate students to the profession of history, including how historians read sources, post questions, draw inferences, shape their narratives, and engage historical writings.

HSTK 598. Historiography & Hist Methods. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

A survey of various “schools” of history with particular emphasis on recent trends and techniques in historical writing. Pre-requisite: HSTK 500 and full admission to the graduate program or approval of instructor.

HSTK 520. State and Local History. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Selected problems. Readings and research in Texas history. May be repeated when topics vary.

HSTK 532. Sel Topics In Amer Hist. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Research and writing of papers on selected topics. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

HSTK 542. Selected Topics in Europe Hist. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Research and writing of papers on selected topics. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

For a complete list of all courses go to the Course Information page. 

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