Expand Your Knowledge

Take a closer look at the past through our graduate program. From the Americas to Europe to the Pacific World, our flexible program lets you research what interests you. Our faculty’s diverse specialties span across continents and centuries, offering a well-rounded, comprehensive curriculum. No matter your professional goals, we’re here to support you along the way. We teach our students how to think critically and write well, two skills employers often look for. Earning your master’s degree in history opens doors in academia, nonprofit, education and government.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration 2-3 Years
Foreign Language Foreign language required for the MA degree
Delivery Blended (50-85% Online), Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours 36 Hours
Thesis Requirements Thesis and non-thesis options available

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History (MA/MS) :: 1.3 SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A DEGREE IN…

SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A master’s DEGREE IN HISTORY

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History (MS):: Focus Your Passion

Focus Your Passion

The Department of History offers two different tracks towards earning your master’s degree. Discover what option works best for your career interest and research goals.

Thesis (MA/MS History)

Interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in History? Our thesis track prepares you for the road ahead. Work alongside faculty as you conduct historical research and write a thesis. We offer access to a wide collection of historical journals, databases and archival records.
Total credit hours: 30

Non-thesis (MA/MS History)

Earn your master’s degree in history with our non-thesis track. Designed for educators and working professionals, this track provides a well-rounded historical education. Completing the non-thesis track opens doors to careers in higher education, nonprofit, education, museums and much more.
Total credit hours: 36

Study What Interests You

Graduate Certificates

Earn a certificate as part of your graduate curriculum. Certificates recognize your skills and expand job opportunities.

Public History Graduate Certificate

This certificate helps you develop specific skills related to public history. The practical, theoretical and analytical training provided in the certificate program will enhance your ability to compete for jobs in museums, historical societies, cultural resource centers, parks and historic preservation.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

1 to 2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

12 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

World History Graduate Certificate

Study historical themes, trends and transformations at the global level. This graduate certificate program provides you with training in global connections and cultures. You can complete the certificate independently or as part of your graduate degree.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

1 to 2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

12 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Teaching History Graduate Certificate

You can become a certified early college or dual credit instructor with our Teaching History graduate certificate. Local school districts continue to expand their offerings of early college and dual credit history courses. There is a growing need for qualified teachers who can meet this need.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Dallas, Mesquite, Online
Duration

12-24 months

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face, Fully Online
Total Credit Hours

18 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Minors

Public History Minor (12 Hours)

Earn a minor in Public History while completing your master’s degree. Our 12-hour program equips you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills for careers in archives, museums, historical societies, cultural centers, parks and historic preservations. Students who complete the minor are eligible to receive their graduate certificate in Public History.

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History (MA/MS) :: Faculty Spotlight

Faculty Spotlight

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History (MA/MS) :: PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

what you will learn

A master’s degree in history will offer you the opportunity to:

  • Engage in discussions with peers and professors
  • Gain advanced knowledge in historical interpretation and theory
  • Learn how to present compelling arguments in academic papers
  • Participate in conferences and panel discussions
  • Conduct historical research
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History (MA/MS) :: Graduate Assistantships

Funding your Master’s Degree

Receive up to three years of funding by becoming a Graduate Assistant for the Department of History. Both Graduate Assistants for Research (GARs) and Graduate Assistants for Teaching (GATs) serve a vital role in supporting history faculty. Once you complete 18 hours of graduate coursework, GATs are eligible to develop and teach university-level history classes. You’ll work with faculty supervisors as they guide, encourage and evaluate your progress.

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History (MA/MS) :: INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Internship opportunities

Internship experience provides the foundation employers are often looking for. Graduates earning their Public History certificate are required to complete an internship as part of their curriculum. We encourage all students to pursue internship experience when available. These are just a few of the employers and organizations that offer opportunities to graduate students.

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Careers

Become an engaged citizen and respected employee. Our graduate program prepares you for careers in museums, archives, nonprofit, education and beyond.

Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries

Historian
$48,800
Archivists, Curators and Museum Workers
$61,140
Editor
$59,480
Postsecondary Teacher
$78,470
School and Career Counselors
$56,310

US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018

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History (MA/MS) :: Alumni Profiles

Alumni Profiles

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History (MA/MS) :: FEATURED COURSES

Featured Courses

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History (MA/MS) :: Course Delivery and Resources

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Course Delivery

Designed for full-time students and working professionals, our flexible program offers courses online and in-person at the main campus location. All in-person courses meet once a week in the evenings. You can take courses over the summer or during the fall and spring semesters.

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History (MA/MS) :: Student Profiles

Student Profiles

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History (MA/MS) :: Student Organizations

Student Organizations

A&M-Commerce proudly hosts the Eta-Beta chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the National Honors Society for History. Phi Alpha Theta promotes research, teaching and publication to increase awareness and knowledge about history. The Eta-Beta chapter provides history students an academic community and professional development opportunities. The organization strives to bring our university’s students and teachers together for intellectual and social exchanges related to the field and profession of history. Learn more about membership requirements by contacting Dr. Mylynka Cardona, Phi Alpha Theta Faculty Advisor.

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Graduate Program Cost

PROGRAM COSTS

Tuition and fees for graduate students taking nine credit hours are $3,669 for Texas residents and $7,341 for non-residents.

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ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS International/Domestic Tabs

Admission

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History (MA/MS) :: Program Admission Requirements US

Deadlines

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Submit Application

Submit your application through ApplyTexas.

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select “History, MA or History, MS” as your “Major.”
  • Pay the $50 application fee.

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Provisional Status

After you submit your application, you may be granted provisional status, which means you can enroll in one semester of courses. You will not be eligible for financial aid until you submit all of your documents and are accepted into the program.

Step 2. Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Official Transcripts

Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to [email protected].

  • We recommend that you request transcripts for all of your academic work.

Postal Alternative

If your institution is unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Personal Statement

Describe your preparation for graduate work, your academic interests and goals in no more than 500 words.

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Step 3. Apply for Financial Assistance

  • Apply for scholarships and graduate assistantships once you are admitted.
  • Apply for financial aid by submitting a FAFSA and sending it to school code 003565.
  • Contact your financial aid advisor with any questions.

Step 4. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist will contact you to complete registration.

  • View your degree plan in DegreeWorks.
  • To register for classes, go to myLeo > Student Resources > Registration Menu.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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History (MA/MS) :: Program Admission Requirements International

Deadlines

  • Fall admission consideration: June 1
  • Spring admission consideration: October 15
  • Summer admission consideration: March 15

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Submit Application

Submit your application through ApplyTexas.

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select “History, MA or History, MS” as your “Major.”
  • Pay the $75 application fee.

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Step 2. Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Official Transcripts

  • Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to:
    Texas A&M University-Commerce

    Attn: Graduate School
    2600 S. Neal St.
    Commerce, Texas 75428

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Personal Statement

Describe your preparation for graduate work, your academic interests, and goals in no more than 500 words.

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

English Proficiency

You do not need to submit test scores if you have completed (all years) of a bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited university in the United States.

Request that your scores from one of the following be sent to Texas A&M University-Commerce:

  • TOEFL (Minimum Scores: IBT 79, or CBT 213, or PBT 550)
  • IELTS (Minimum Score: 6.00 band overall)
  • PTE (Minimum Score: 53 overall or higher)
  • Duo Lingo (Minimum Score: 105)

*Scores must be less than two years old.

Official Sponsor Documents

Submit these documents to the Office of International Programs once you have been admitted

  • Official sponsor statement
  • Bank statement from the sponsor with a balance of at least $26,025 USD which is less than 1 year old

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Step 3. Apply for Financial Assistance

Step 4. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist will contact you to complete registration.

  • View your degree plan in DegreeWorks.
  • To register for classes, go to myLeo > Student Resources > Registration Menu.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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
  • Completion of 3 semester hours above elementary courses if the student presents 3 or 4 years of high school credit
  • American Sign Language (ASL) is considered an acceptable foreign language. Students should consult with departmental Director of Graduate School regarding this requirement.
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How long are the 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. On occasion, we offer ten-week courses that run for the duration of Summer I and Summer II.
  • 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 18 credit hours of graduate history courses?

You can earn 18 credit hours as a “nondegree” student without having to pursue a full graduate degree. However, please keep the following in mind:

  • Nondegree students are not eligible for financial aid
  • International students may not be eligible for nondegree status
  • If you decide later to pursue the full master’s degree in History, only four courses (12 credit hours) of your “nondegree” coursework can be transferred into the program.

For these reasons, we recommend the teaching track which includes 18 credit hours each of political science and history or a graduate certificate program (12 credit hours).

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Where are the courses taught?

The program is primarily available via face-to-face courses. We also offer a number of online courses each year. Up to 49% of your degree may be completed through online coursework.

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What are the 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.

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Which track should I choose?

The MA/MS History program offers two tracks to accommodate your interests and goals. Explore what option works best for you.

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