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Master’s in History

The Master of Arts degree in History offers students the opportunity to pursue the advanced study of history.  The program is designed to develop historical skills and to expand students’ understanding of the conceptualization and practice of history.  Explicit attention is focused on historical comparisons and comparative historical frameworks.  Students may, in consultation with their advisor, create a focus area in either United States History or World History.  Six or seven graduate courses are offered typically in the fall and spring semesters, and two or three during the summer.  Typically, courses meet at night, though courses occasionally are offered during the daytime hours as well. Graduates of the program hold a variety of positions in government, nonprofit agencies, secondary and higher education, and private enterprise, including work in museums, archives, community colleges, law enforcement, textbook publishing, military history, business history, and public history.  Graduates have pursued doctoral degrees at leading universities.  Our graduate program is growing daily, as is the university, and we are proud to offer distinguished faculty and researchers to further our efforts.

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Master of Arts Degree in History

The Master of Arts degree in History offers students the opportunity to pursue the advanced study of history. The program is designed to develop historical skills and to expand students’ understanding of the conceptualization and practice of history. Explicit attention is focused on historical comparisons and historical comparative frameworks.

Program Admission Requirements

In addition to satisfying the University-wide admission requirements, students should have:

  • 18 upper-division semester credit hours in history or courses with demonstrably significant historical content.
  • A grade point average of 3.2, or better (on a 4.0 scale), in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education, and a 3.2, or better (on a 4.0 scale), in History coursework.
  • A 500-word statement describing how a M.A. in History will advance personal and professional goals.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores from a GRE-administered examination—these scores will be considered as only one element in the evaluation of applicants
     
  • Two letters of recommendation. It is strongly recommended that at least one of the letters be from a professor who can discuss and evaluate specifically your academic qualifications and potential for graduate study.       
  • Submission of research-based writing samples are optional.

Applicants for admission as non-degree-seeking students (special graduate students or non-degree-seeking graduate students) should have completed at least 12 semester credit hours in history or a related field before application. Non-degree-seeking students may be limited in the courses they are permitted to take. Admission as a non-degree-seeking student does not ensure subsequent admission as a degree-seeking student. Consult the catalog on regulations regarding “special graduate student” and “non-degree-seeking status.”

Degree Requirements:

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree is 30. This is exclusive of coursework or other study required for admission.
Degree candidates must complete the following requirements:

6 semester credit hours:

HIS 5003 Introduction to History: Theories and Methods

Students must enroll in this course in the first semester of their program.

3 semester credit hours in Comparative History (HIS 6483 Topics in Comparative History or other courses identified as meeting the requirement).

6 semester credit hours consisting of the sequence:

HIS 6813 Proseminar in History
HIS 6903 Research Seminar in History

This sequence will vary in subject. A student should take HIS 6813 Proseminar in History and then HIS 6903 Research Seminar in History in the same academic year. Note: HIS 5003 Historical Methods is a prerequisite for enrollment in HIS 6813.

OR

HIS 6983 Master's Thesis (repeated for a total of 6 hours)

A total of 6 semester credit hours of HIS 6983 can be applied towards the total 30 semester credit hours required for this degree. Students writing a thesis will complete HIS 6983 Master’s Thesis (6 hours) in accordance with University-wide requirements as stated in this catalog. Students must be enrolled in HIS 6983 during the semester in which they graduate.

18 semester credit hours of elective courses, chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor:

At least 6 hours must be outside the student’s focus area; focus areas are United States History and World History.

Students electing to write a thesis will complete HIS 6983 Master’s Thesis (6 hours) in accordance with University regulations as stated in Options for Master’s Degrees in Chapter 4, Master’s Degree Regulations. Students must pass the comprehensive examination before enrolling in HIS 6983.

Up to 6 hours of graduate-level courses outside the program may be taken with prior approval of the Graduate Advisor of Record.

Up to 6 hours of Independent Study hours may be taken with approval of instructor.

Students must pass the comprehensive examination.
Students are encouraged to pursue languages or other formal competencies as appropriate to their needs.

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Nau Fellowship Requirements:

The Nau Graduate Fellowship is open to newly admitted graduate students enrolled in the M.A. Program in History Students must not have completed any graduate history courses at UTSA .

  • 5-7 students will be selected as Nau Fellows to receive $8,000 to $12,000 each for the academic year.
  • Graduate fellowships are available for students with scholarly interests in all areas of history. We strongly encourage applications from students interested in studying diverse temporal, geographic, and thematic fields.
  • Students with an interest in the U.S. Civil War Era and Texas History (including borderlands history) may complete additional requirements to be eligible for a two-year funding package that will include a Teaching Assistantship the second year. Two multi-year packages will be awarded to students in these fields.
  • Recipients of the two-year package could receive an additional award of $10,000 to $16,000 for the 2nd year award provided recipients meet the minimum award requirements each semester and commit to a Teaching Assistantship in the department in the second year. The total award package could be between $18,000 to $28,000 over two years.

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