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Prepare to succeed in a rapidly changing and increasingly connected world. With a Master in Arts in History from the University of West Florida, you’ll conduct independent research, evaluate popular claims of “historical fact,” identify social patterns and reveal the voices of people from all backgrounds.

Why History at UWF?

Our faculty are passionate about teaching and working with students, something you don't often find at larger institutions. We also have access to a living-learning lab with the UWF Historic Trust and the Digital Humanities Lab on campus. The trust is a non-profit direct support organization managing thirty properties in the Pensacola National Register Historic District, giving you hands-on, real-world experience.

We offer three interdisciplinary specializations: Early American Studies, Public History and Traditional History. Within each track, you will have the opportunity to learn a variety of interdisciplinary skills.

The Department of History awards several scholarships and teaching assistantships to graduate students. All students have numerous opportunities work with faculty in a variety of research areas.

What You Will Learn

The M.A. in History offers three specializations: Early American Studies, Public History and Traditional History. Whichever specialization you choose, you will gain the ability to think critically, communicate effectively and ask incisive questions about the world around you.

You will be required to take two methods courses, sequenced to provide a layered approach to research.  Each track also has unique requirements throughout the curriculum and culminates with a capstone project such as a thesis, M.A. research paper or internship.

By the beginning of the second year of class work, you should be thinking seriously about what you want to do for a thesis project. Before starting any work on a prospective project, you will choose a thesis advisor, a thesis committee and develop a thesis.

Throughout your studies you will have several opportunities for hands-on research. Many of our students work with the UWF Historic Trust as docents, archivists and educators. Other students find a variety of internships or research projects with local, regional and national museums, historical societies and other institutions.

The Department of History also offers a historic preservation certificate in collaboration with the Department of Anthropology.


The traditional history specialization in American or European history will provide you with a broad knowledge and marketable skills, preparing you for a doctoral program, or working in governmental and non-governmental agencies.

Traditional History Courses

The early American studies multidisciplinary program provides you with the opportunity to develop your knowledge of life and society in early America in more comprehensive ways through coursework and research in various other disciplines–from anthropology to archaeology, to literature and the fine arts, and from government and political science to philosophy and religion.

 Early American Studies Courses

The public history track trains you in the various aspects of public, or applied, history outside the academic setting. You will work in two or more areas of public history including community history, museum studies, policy history, environmental history and/or media history.

Public History Courses

Careers & Outcomes

A master's degree in history is highly sought after by employers in a variety of fields. Numerous students have gone on to doctoral programs, including Florida State University, the University of Florida, Pennsylvania State University and Texas Christian University, as well as international programs in Scotland, Finland and England. Below are common job titles for history graduates, as well as examples of where our alumni work.

Job Titles

  • Teacher
  • Author
  • Editor
  • Lawyer
  • Museum Curator
  • Grant Writer
  • Archivist
  • Military Base Historian
  • Political Scientist
  • Archaeologist


  • Escambia and Santa Rosa County School Districts
  • University of West Florida Historic Trust
  • National Park Service
  • Trinidad History Museum
  • City of St. Augustine
  • Smithsonian
  • Missouri Historical Commission
  • Orleans Criminal Justice Court
  • U.S. Air Force

Historic Preservation Certificate

The Historic Preservation Certificate Program allows you to acquire the advanced skills and knowledge necessary to work as a professional in a wide variety of fields related to historic preservation and cultural resource management in the U.S. The certificate is primarily for students who are currently enrolled in or have completed a master's degree in history or historical archaeology, or who meet the program admission standards for master's programs in history or anthropology.

Program Details

In addition to the University's graduate admission requirements, applicants must meet the following minimum departmental admission 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. This is waived for applications through Spring 2023.
  • Submission of letter of intent
  • Submission of writing sample (undergraduate research paper preferred)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Minimum of 15 semester hours of upper division history courses

Featured Courses

A sample of featured courses you will take in the History M.A. program.

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