Graduate and Professional Programs

The Master of Arts degree in History imparts to students an understanding of the complexity of human interaction, a sense of the uniqueness of time and place, and the skill to develop a reasoned interpretation of past peoples and events.

The program offers specializations in United States history, European history, or comparative history. Students can utilize a number of important archival collections. The Gilcrease Museum offers substantial holdings in the history of the American West. The Truman, Eisenhower, Johnson, Bush, and Clinton Presidential Libraries with their vast holdings are all within driving distance from the University of Tulsa offering students an unparalleled opportunity to study recent American history.

With a master's degree in history, graduates can pursue a number of career opportunities, including a Ph.D. in  history, alternate teaching certification, and professional development for work in schools, museums, libraries and cultural institutiions.

All applicants must fulfill the following requirements for admission to the MA program:

  • The student must have at least 30 credit hours of acceptable undergraduate history courses, including at least 12 hours of work at the junior and senior level and sufficient courses to provide a basic understanding of American and European history.
  • A 3.0 grade point average in all undergraduate work and a 3.0 average in undergraduate history courses is required.
  • Applicants are required to take the General Tests of the Graduate Record Examination.
    Applicants must submit a Graduate School application, GRE scores, and three letters of recommendation to the Graduate School.
  • Students must provide a writing sample (a paper from a history class or a paper which demonstrates the student's writing abilities).
  • The statement of purpose should indicate what area of history the student would like to pursue. 
  • Students who are deficient in history credits but meet grade-point requirements may be admitted on a conditional basis.
  • There is no deadline for admission to the MA program in History. Students may apply throughout the year.
  • The Graduate School notifies students who have been accepted into the program.

Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Program :
The combined Bachelor’s/Master’s degree program enables highly motivated students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years.

There are two tracks available for the MA in History:

  • Track 1,“Predoctoral,” is for students whose final goal is a Ph.D.
  • Track 2, “Enrichment,” is for students wanting an intellectual challenge or professional credential.

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