Information for Graduate Students

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Develop new skills or enhance old ones while studying hsitory at UAH.  Whether you want to teach, work outside the classroom, or just know more about world cultures, a Master's degree from UAH will get you there. 

Requirements for a History M.A.

  • A total of 30 hours are required for an MA with a thesis; 33 hours without a thesis
    • 9 hours in US history and 9 hours in non-US history are required.
    • HY 605, an introduction to historiography, is required
    • Elective or thesis courses to reach minimum hours
    • At least 50 percent of the hours for a graduate degree (excluding thesis credit hours) in courses numbered 600 or above. At least nine hours must be in history courses numbered 600 or above
    • Nine hours of graduate history courses in lieu of a thesis
    • Exit exams are required.  
      • An oral defense is required for the thesis.  
      • Written and oral comprehensive examinations covering coursework are required for non-thesis.
  • For a complete listing of Degree requirements and plans, click here

Learning Outcomes

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Each graduating MA student will be able to:

  1. Critique and analyze historiography, past and present.
  2. Display knowledge of important events, periods, and their significance in history.
  3. Deploy skills of critical historical analysis.
  4. Conduct research for a range of historical projects.
  5. Communicate historical knowledge and explanations to other people.
  6. Practice historical thinking as central to engaged citizenship.

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Admissions Requirements

Applicants for graduate study in history must present a satisfactory undergraduate scholastic record and satisfactory GRE scores on the aptitude portion of the examination. Each applicant must (1) have a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 (A=4.0) or at least 3.0 for the last 60 hours of work; (2) score at least 300 on the GRE and a 3.0 on analytical writing; and (3) have an undergraduate major in history or sufficient coursework as determined by the departmental graduate committee.