Master of Arts in History

The Master of Arts program in History at SHSU prepares students to research and write about our past in order to become producers of history and inform our present.  The History Graduate program at SHSU provides students with ample opportunities for faculty-student engagement and at the same time allows students to pursue topics within broad geographical, chronological, and thematic fields.  Students receive an education that provides them with graduate level reading, analytical writing, critical thinking skills that are relevant in the modern world well beyond academia.  This rich educational environment not only prepares students for careers in education and civil service, but also teaches and hones skills that are highly valued in the business world.  Students aspiring to Ph.D. programs in History are also well served at SHSU, as some of our top students have gone on to study at highly prestigious universities.

Students seeking admission to the graduate program in History must meet the following requirements and submit all documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Official transcripts of all college-level work, including the transcript that shows the date the undergraduate degree was conferred
  4. GRE scores
  5. Two letters of recommendation that discuss the applicant’s suitability for graduate study
  6. A writing sample of scholarly work
  7. A document of intent (or cover letter

Admission Deadlines:
Fall: March 1st
Summer March 1st
Spring: October 1st

fter completing the necessary work for a Master's degree in History, each student must pass both a written and an oral comprehensive exam.  Students should review the information on the History Department's website about the comprehensive exam process.

Plan 1 - MA in History (Thesis)

Master of Arts in History (Thesis)
Restricted Electives
Select eight of any graduate courses in History (HIST)24
Thesis
HIST 6098Thesis I3
HIST 6099Thesis II3
Total Hours30

Plan 2 - MA in History (Non-Thesis)

Master of Arts in History (Non-Thesis)
Specified Course
HIST 6394Seminar in History3
Specified Electives
Select eleven of any graduate courses in History (HIST)33
Total Hours36

Plan 2 - MA in History with Minor

Master of Arts in History with Minor
Specified Course
HIST 6394Seminar in History3
Restricted Electives
Select seven of any graduate courses in History (HIST)21
Minor
Select four of any graduate courses in a field approved by a Graduate Advisor12
Total Hours36