Graduate Programs

The MA/MS History Program at Texas A&M University-Commerce is designed for both full-time students and working professionals. All courses meet once a week in the evenings or online. The Program has three tracks to accommodate the various needs, interests, and goals of our students:

Track I, Thesis, prepares students for doctoral study in History;

Track II, Non-Thesis, provides a well-rounded historical education;

Track III, professional track, provides state-mandated qualifications to teach dual credit classes in History and Government.

Graduate students can gain practical experience as graders and teachers of record working under the direction of the Department’s faculty. In addition, the Master’s Program offers a concentration in Public History and certificates in Public History, World History, and the History of Christianity.

Degree Programs

Certificate Programs

Course Descriptions

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GRADUATE QUALIFYING EXAMS

Prior to enrollment in thesis hours (HIST 518) or Research Literature and Techniques (HIST 595), all history graduate students must successfully complete the Department's graduate qualifying exam.  Degree-seeking graduate students should contact the graduate advisor for History, Dr. Sharon Kowalsky (Sharon.Kowalsky@tamuc.edu) early on in their coursework in preparation for taking the exam.
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MA/MS, WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

The MA (Master of Arts) and the MS (Master of Science) differ in a foreign language requirement. To pursue an MA, you need to meet one of the following conditions:

  • Successful Completion of 12 undergraduate semester credit hours (approximately four courses) of a foreign language.
  • Completion of 6 graduate semester credit hours (approximately two courses) of a foreign language.
  • Demonstrate through a proficiency test in a foreign language. Contact the Department of Literature and Languages.
  • Completion of 3 semester hours above elementary courses if the student presents 3 or 4 years of high school credit. Contact Graduate.School@tamuc.edu with questions.
  • American Sign Language (ASL) is considered an acceptable foreign language. Students should consult with departmental Director of Graduate School regarding this requirement. Contact Graduate.School@tamuc.edu with questions.
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DO I WANT THE THESIS OR NON-THESIS OPTION?

You do not need to decide right away whether or not you want to pursue the thesis or non-thesis option. You can make that decision after starting the program and working with your Faculty Advisor. Generally speaking, a thesis is preferred if you intend to pursue a Ph.D.

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WHERE ARE THE COURSES TAUGHT?

The program is primarily available via face-to-face courses that meet on our lovely campus located in Commerce, Texas, only an hour away from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Courses are also occasionally offered at our extended University facilities in both downtown Dallas and the Metroplex Center in Mesquite. Each face-to-face course typically meets one day a week in the evenings during the Monday-Thursday timeframe. We occasionally offer online courses. Up to 49% of the degree may be completed through online coursework.

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HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO COMPLETE THE PROGRAM?

The plan of study guarantees that all necessary courses for graduation will be offered over the two year period. You can complete the program in two years as a full-time student by taking three courses in each long semester, or two courses each long semester and two courses over the summer terms. Completion in fewer than two years is possible but not recommended.

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HOW LONG ARE SEMESTERS?

Fall and Spring - Our fall and spring semesters are 16 weeks long. Occasionally we offer flex-term courses in the fall and spring semesters that start four weeks later than the usual 16-week start date. Flex-term courses are 12 weeks long.

Summer - Summer is split into two terms, Summer I and Summer II, each five weeks long.

Minis - On occasion we offer mini-terms (August, May, and December) that are three weeks long.

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WHAT IF I ONLY WANT TO EARN 18SCH OF GRADUATE HISTORY COURSES?

You can pursue your 18sch as a "nondegree" student without having to pursue a full graduate degree.

Points to keep in mind:

  • Nondegree students are not eligible for financial aid
  • International students may not be eligible for nondegree status
  • You may be interested in the pursuing the Master's in History - Political Science track which ensures you earn 18sch in graduate History courses and 18sch in graduate Political Science courses.
  • Steer your studies! The Department of History offers several 12sch Graduate Certificates. You may want to aim 12sch of your 18sch towards a graduate certificate to be able to list a Graduate Certificate on your CV/Resume and University Transcripts.
  • If you change your mind later and would like to pursue the full Master's in History, only four courses (12 credit hours) of your "nondegree" coursework can be transferred into the program later. Be sure to apply for the Master's in History before you complete your fourth course (12th credit hour) as a "nondegree" student.

More questions about earning your 18sch? Visit www.tamuc.edu/18hours

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

Check out our current 2018-2019 tuition and fees.

If you are a Texas resident, be sure to look at the base tuition column for Texas residents. The chart estimates cost based on credit hour enrollment per semester and should only be regarded as an estimate.

The average graduate student pursues 6sch (approximately two courses) each semester. Students can pursue one course or even three courses in some semesters, but students interested in more than three courses a semester should consult with their academic advisor beforehand.

This chart does not include several fees, such as the Distance Learning Fee for online courses, and the Program Delivery Fee for off-campus courses. The Distance Learning Fee is a $50 per credit hour fee applied to each online course. If that course is 3sch, as most are, it would be a $150 Distance Education Fee on top of the base rate. The Program Delivery Fee is a $10-20 per credit hour fee applied to each face-to-face course taken at one of our extended University locations (such as Dallas). If you take a 3sch course, it would be an additional $60 to take a face-to-face graduate course at the Dallas location rather than taking that face-to-face course on our main campus in Commerce, TX.  Learn more about these fees HERE.

  • [in]Tuition - Our plan to lock in your tuition and mandatory fees from registration to graduation.
  • Financial aid is available. At the graduate level, this primarily means student loans. Government grants (e.g. pell grants) are likely only available to undergraduate students.
    • Complete the FAFSA
    • Submit the FAFSA to our University using code 003565
  • Payment/Installment Plans are available in the fall and spring terms. Your balance will be split into four equal payments each term.
  • Students paying their balance with an international bank account can make payments through Flywire
  • Veterans and Military Services benefits
  • Graduate Assistantships may be available for those that can work/teach/study face-to-face in Commerce, TX.
  • Tuition and Leo Personal Loans - If the semester is approaching and you are still awaiting your financial aid, a tuition loan can help cover your balance while you wait for your financial aid to be disburse.
  • Be proactive on scholarship opportunities. In general, the scholarship portal is open six months prior to the fall terms. Between January and April (the spring term), scholarships are open for the next upcoming academic year with varying deadlines within that time frame. To be eligible to apply for scholarships, please work to be admitted to your desired graduate program before the scholarship cycle opens in the spring.

HOW DO I APPLY?

Questions about admissions? Contact Jack.Duffie@tamuc.edu

Printable application checklist 

Non-degree printable checklist

Requirements at a glance:

  • Application www.applytexas.org
  • Application Fee $50 domestic/$75 international
  • Official Bachelor’s Transcripts
  • GRE – Requirement may be waived*
  • Additional items required for international students

We do not have an application deadline. Students may start the program in the fall, spring, or summer.

QUESTIONS?

Contact us at History@tamuc.edu