The M.A. in History offers three specializations. The traditional History specialization provides students with the opportunity to focus their course work in American or European history and the option of completing either a thesis or research paper. The Public History specialization trains students in the various aspects of public (applied) history and requires completion of an internship. The Early American Studies specialization focuses on early American history and culture, covering North America and the Atlantic World to 1850, and presents students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge of early American life and society through course work and research in various other disciplines.
Students in the master's program may also earn a certificate in Historic Preservation. The certificate program in historic preservation requires the completion of 18 sh at the master's level. It is geared towards individuals interested in acquiring a general focus in the field of historic preservation and current practitioners in the field who wish to add a historic preservation certification to their academic or professional credentials. Contact the department for information concerning the certificate.
Early American Studies
In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Graduate Admissions section of the UWF graduate catalog, the applicant must meet the minimum departmental admission requirements for regular admission.
• Submission of Graduate Application and Processing Fee
• Submission of official transcripts
*International students may have additional requirements.
• Submission of official GRE Verbal and Quantitative scores of at least 151 and Analytical Writing score of at least 3.5 or equivalent GRE percentile performance under the old testing platform (Early American Studies requires GRE Verbal and Quantitative scores of at least 152); OR Official MAT scaled score of at least 415
• Submission of letter of intent
• Submission of writing sample (undergraduate research paper preferred)*
• Oral interview, if deemed appropriate
• Minimum of 15 semester hours of upper division history courses
* Applicants pursuing the Early American Studies specialization are not required to submit a writing sample.
Certain graduate programs have earlier application deadlines. Check with the graduate department for departmental specific deadlines.
"The University of West Florida Department of History is a great place to begin a history career. The diverse faculty members enhance the program with their unique backgrounds and perspectives, and are enthusiastic mentors to young history professionals. The Florida Panhandle is rich in opportunities for research, work, and exploration in both the traditional and public history fields." — Jeremy Hatcher, Public History Graduate Student
"When studying at the master's level at the UWF the Department of History, students engage with professors who are actively researching and publishing in a variety of fields in American, European, and Latin American history. Our department affords students the ability to combine traditional classroom experience with field work, study abroad, and internships - academic experiences that provide essential professional skills for any workplace." — Daniel Miller, History Professor