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Estimated Completion

36 credit hours (2+ years)

Application Process

  1. Admission to Tarleton State University – Graduate Studies
  2. Hold an undergraduate degree with a history major or 24 hours in history
  3. Additional Program Application Requirements

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M.A. in History


The Master of Arts degree in History is designed to broaden students' knowledge in all historical areas, encourage abstract thinking about the world, as well as to develop research, writing, and analytical abilities in several areas of the discipline. This degree will prepare students who wish to pursue a Ph.D. in any related area, enhance all students' knowledge and skills in regard to teaching in public education, as well as provide professional training and opportunities in a wide range of vocations.


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Career Opportunities

A M.A. in History is designed for students who want to enhance their undergraduate education in a discipline that relates to a wide range of vocational opportunities, such as:

  • Teaching
  • Writing and editing
  • Research and publishing
  • Legislative staff
  • Museums
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Real Experience

The specialization in Public History offers students training and opportunities to prepare for careers in museums and historical organizations, as well as governments and archives.

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Career Services

Career Services offers students a wide variety of professional development opportunities that can translate into careers. A few of these programs include:

  • Career counseling and My Plan
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  • Mock interviews
  • Resume assistance

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Program Objectives

  • Expand your knowledge of history and understanding of its importance in the contemporary world
  • Enhance your skills for real-world situations and careers
  • Strengthen critical thinking skills about the world around you
  • Enhance your research and writing skills
  • Experience an engaging, interactive, and quality course of study
  • Prepare you for obtaining a Ph.D. and research in a specific area of interest

Coursework Highlights

Class Number Class Name
HIST 5308 Museum Studies
HIST 5309 Historic Preservation
HIST 5310 Archival Principles and Practices
HIST 5320 State and Local History
HIST 5340 Direct Readings in European History
HIST 5398 Historiography and Historical Method

For the full listing of our courses, please refer to our online catalog.

Facilities and Features

W.K. Gordon Center

W.K. Gordon Center

The W.K. Gordon Center actively collects materials pertaining to the economic, political, and social history of Thurber and other centers of industrial development. Historic items such as manuscripts, photographs, artifacts, and oral histories are cataloged and become valuable resources for education and research. The Gordon Center opened to the public in November 2002 and attracts thousands of visitors each year to exhibits and special programs.

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Our History Program

Tarleton State University provide a quality graduate learning environment. In both face-to-face and online settings, graduate students have access to intellectual and digital resources that will enhance their academic experience and prepare them for great careers in a wide range of fields. With these resources, the M.A. History program offers traditional graduate seminars, online courses, and unique research opportunities.

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Exceptional Faculty

Numerous members of our History faculty have major publications in their research areas. Your program of study will be guided by the foremost scholars who will shape your skills and provide an engaging classroom environment along with a well-rounded academic experience that will benefit you for the entirety of your career.

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Tarleton Model for Accelerated Teacher Education (TMATE)

Highly motivated individuals who've earned their bachelor's degree can join TMATE to become certified school teachers. Through TMATE, students can earn their teaching certification while working toward their master's degree. Learn how to join this well-known alternative teacher certification program.