History, MA, Traditional History

The Master of Arts in History equips students to pursue further graduate study or begin an enriching career.

Program Description 

Students may focus their course work in American or European history and will acquire a broad knowledge and marketable skills that prepare them for a Ph.D. program in history or for a career teaching at the middle school, high school, or community-college level or working in governmental and non-governmental agencies. The career opportunities for individuals with a master's degree in history are endless. To see what the American Historical Association lists as among the most popular career paths available to history majors, visit the American Historical Association's careers page.

The traditional history track requires all graduate students to take the Graduate Methods course. Plan A, or the thesis track, requires 33 sh of graduate history course work, including the thesis. At least 15 sh must be in the major field (United States or European) and 6 sh in thesis. The student must write the thesis under the direction of a History faculty member and defend it in an oral examination before a thesis committee.  Plan B, or the non-thesis track, requires 9 hours of European History, 9 hours of U.S. History, and 4 electives. Students complete their program with three research credit hours.


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Admission Requirements

** In response to COVID-19, GRE/MAT requirements will be waived for the Fall 2020 admission.

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. 

University Requirements*
• Submission of Graduate Application and Processing Fee 
• Submission of official transcripts 
*International students may have additional requirements.

Departmental 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; 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

Graduate School Application Deadlines

June 1 October 1 March 1

Certain graduate programs have earlier application deadlines. Check with the Department of History for departmental specific deadlines.

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