History, MA

Learning about the past in an exciting endeavor.  It also involves more than just telling stories.  Professional historians use archives and the work of other scholars to develop their own understanding of the past.  They research, analyze, and offer original interpretations of the past in rigorous and clearly-written work.  As graduate students in history, you will do the same.  The Master's degree in History is structured to introduce students to these critical tasks.

In your coursework and independent studies, you will examine historical evidence; read and interpret academic scholarship; undertake archival 

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research; confront and discuss ideas about the past with your peers and mentor. The history faculty at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi are committed to these goals and to the students enrolled in the History Master's Program.

We offer training in the fields of interest and specialization of our Graduate Faculty.
You may contact them directly for details.

Why an M.A.?

There are many reasons to pursue an M.A. in history.

  • Further develop your academic skills, whether or not you want to to become a historian
  • To enhance your professional development if you already are a secondary education teacher
  • Develop your academic skills as you prepare for a career in public history or archival training.
  • To prepare intellectually and professionally for a Ph.D. program to which you are interested in applying.

Who can apply?

Interested applicants must comply with all University and College of Liberal Arts procedures and requirements for admission to graduate degree-seeking status.

  1. If you have a BA in History or another major:  applicants must have completed at least 12 hours of upper-level undergraduate history credits, with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or better.
  2. College graduates who do not meet these requirements may petition to enter the History M.A. program by alternate admission.

After reviewing the applicant's transcript and letters of recommendation, and if deemed necessary, interviewing the candidate personally, the history graduate faculty may, at its discretion, allow the applicant to attempt to enter the program through the following two-step process:

  1. Attaining a passing grade on a writing exercise to be assigned and evaluated by the Graduate Studies Committee of the College of Liberal Arts.
  2. Attaining a score equal to or above the national mean of the GRE Advanced Examination in History.