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2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

History, MA

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College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences  >Department of History  >History, MA


The Department of History offers MA degrees in United States, European, Latin American, and public history in all chronological periods. Furthermore, coursework is available in African, Asian, and world history. 

Admission Requirements

The University of Houston sets minimum standards for graduate admissions, but the Department of History has established supplemental requirements.  All students seeking admission into the graduate program in History must complete an online application from the University Office of Admissions.  The deadline for applications is January 1. All application materials must be received by that date. All applications are accepted to begin in the Fall semester only.  Please consult the History Department website: (http://www.uh.edu/class/history/) or contact the graduate advising assistant for detailed information on requirements and procedures.

  1. Overall 3.3 average (B+) on the last sixty hours (60) of course credit.
  2. A minimum of 18 hours in history or other relevant courses with a 3.3 (B+) average.   
  3. Acceptable GRE scores.
  4. Three letters of recommendation.
  5. A one-to two page personal staement indicating the applicant’s academic interests. 
  6. A writing sample.
  7. Official transcripts from every college and university attended.
  8. University of Houston on-line graduate application.
  9. A non-refundable application fee.

Degree Requirements

Plan I: M.A. Thesis Track

Plan I has a teaching and research focus, and requires the completion of a thesis. Students who are considering continuation of their graduate work in history beyond the M.A. degree most often should select this option if they are not ready to commit to a Ph.D. program.  The degree required a minimum of thirty (30) hours of credit in graduate-level (6000) courses, including coursework and six (6) hours of thesis credit.  Reading knowledge in at least one foreign language is required.

Plan II: M.A. Non-Thesis Track

Plan II is designed for students who desire advanced preparation in History (especially teachers seeking to strengthen their mastery of their subject fields), but who do not expect to pursue work toward a Ph.D., and who do not wish to take advanced training in historical research.  Thirty-six (36) hours of credit in graduate (6000-level) courses, in specific areas, are required. There is no foreign language requirement for this track.

Plan III: Public History Thesis Track

The Public History Thesis Track is designed for students who intend to pursue a career in a variety of areas of public history. Many students in Plan III will work toward the M.A. as a terminal degree, but some may choose to pursue the Ph.D.  Thirty (30) hours of credit in graduate-level (6000) courses are required, including coursework, six (6) hours of Public History Internship, and six (6) hours of thesis credit.  A foreign language is required. 

Plan IV: Public History Non-Thesis Track

The Public History Non-Thesis Track is considered the primary degree plan for public history, due to its focus on applied use of skills in practical settings. It serves students who intended to pursue careers in public history fields such as institutional history, cultural resources management, historical policy and analysis, community history, historical editing, historical archives and records management, and the creation, interpretation, and management of historical exhibits. Thirty-six (36) hours of credit in graduate-level (6000) courses are required, including coursework and nine (9) hours of Public History Internship. A foreign language is not required.

Additional information concerning required courses in major and minor fields, examinations, residency requirements and the like should be obtained from the Department of History’s website: http://www.uh.edu/class/history/



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