History, M.A.

Degree:Master of Arts (M.A.)
Specializations:Early American Studies
Traditional History
Public History
Certificate:Historic Preservation Studies
Building 50, Room 113
College:Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
CIP Code:54.0101
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 33-36

The M.A. in History offers three specializations. The Program in Early American Studies is interdisciplinary, and offers either a thesis or research paper. The traditional history degree offers either a thesis or research paper. The Public History Specialization trains students in the various aspects of public (applied) history and requires completion of an internship. 

Students in the master’s program may also earn a certificate in Historic Preservation. The certificate program in historic preservation requires the completion of 18 sh at the master’s level. It is geared towards individuals interested in acquiring a general focus in the field of historic preservation and current practitioners in the field who wish to add a historic preservation certification to their academic or professional credentials. Contact the department for information concerning the certificate.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Admissions section of the catalog, the applicant must meet the following minimum departmental admission requirements for regular admission:

  • Minimum score on one graduate admission test as follows:
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Verbal and Quantitative scores of at least 151 and Analytical Writing score of at least 3.5 or equivalent GRE percentile performance under the old testing platform. 
    • Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scaled score of at least 415
  • Submission of letter of intent
  • Submission of writing sample (undergraduate research paper preferred); 
  • Oral interview, if deemed appropriate
  • Minimum of 15 semester hours of upper division history courses
  • Minimum of two letters of recommendation

The department reserves the right to a personal interview to determine an applicant’s potential for graduate study. The department reserves the right to admit conditionally an applicant who meets most but not all of the above requirements. This is done upon the recommendation of the Graduate Committee and under the conditions set by that Committee and the Chair of the Department. A student admitted conditionally must complete all requirements of that admission, including the required “Foundational Proficiencies,” before starting the graduate program.

Program Requirements

The full-time graduate student should expect to spend a minimum of three semesters at UWF to earn a degree.

With the approval of the Department Chair and the Graduate Committee, a maximum of 6 sh of history graduate course work can be transferred from another institution or be taken while in a non-degree status at UWF. Such courses must be completed with a grade of “B” or better.

A student must earn at least a “B-” in each graduate course taken at UWF to receive credit for that course and an overall 3.0 GPA for all courses in the program. The thesis, research paper, or internship advisor will be appointed as the academic advisor. A student must complete graduate work within five years. A student may petition for an extension of the five-year rule if circumstances do not permit completion of the requirement. A student must take at least 18 sh of graduate course work at the 6000 level.

Language requirement: All Master's students in History, Public History, and Early American Studies are required to demonstrate reading competency in at least one language other than English.  This requirement must be fulfilled prior to the completion of course work. Contact the department for additional information or requirements.