History, MA

College of Liberal Arts

Master of Arts in History

History, MA (30 hours)

Designed for students who want to become historians, develop academic skills to prepare for careers in public history, or archiving or prepare for PhD programs. The program will also enhance the professional development of secondary education teachers.

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 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.

Domestic Students:

*Priority deadline to receive complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
April 1      November 1 April 15 May 15

Last deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
August 13 January 1  May 15 May 15

International Students:

Priority deadline to receive complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
April 1      September 1 Not Offered Not Offered

Last deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
May 1       November 1 Not Offered Not Offered

*Complete application should be received for full admissions and funding consideration 

Application requirements

Complete Application for Admission:
  • Apply for Admission via Apply Texas Application
  • An applicant may defer admission to an earlier/later semester. Applications are valid for one year. One deferral is allowed per application.
Application fee::
  • $50 for US citizen, $70 for International Students

Please Note: Applicants who wish to apply for a different program will be required to submit a new application. The application processing fee is required for each application submitted.


*Please allow 3-5 business days to receive a Student ID before submitting additional supporting documents.

Applicants to the Non-degree History program MUST contact the Program Coordinator below in order to be considered for admission.

Application requirements specific to this program:

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate course work taken at any accredited college or University attended (Foreign College credits/transcripts require an official foreign evaluation. Please click here).  TAMU-CC transcript is not required.
  • Essay stating education and professional goals. Include the reason for applying to this program.
  • A writing sample (minimally seven double-spaced pages in length with proper citations) of previous academic work in history.
  • Two letters of recommendation *Recommended at least 1 letter from a History faculty member* 

Submit supporting documents online.

Additional International Applicant Requirements

Application requirements for international applicants:

  • Copy of current Visa (if applicable)
  • English Language Proficiency. TAMUCC currently accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the last 2 years  :
    • Official TOEFL score minimum paper-based score of 550 or internet-based score of 79-80
    • Official IELTS score minimum 6.5

All students must complete their respective requirements with a 3.0 GPA or better, and can earn no more than one "C" grade in their graduate work.

Core Courses-(6 semester hours) All students must complete:

HIST 5310 Historiography
HIST 5320 Research Methods

Supplementary Courses- (24 semester hours)

Exam Track 

The exam track is designed for students for whom the MA is the terminal degree. With the exam track, students must pass a written comprehensive examination during the term of expected graduation. 
History Electives 18 hours
Non-history Elective 6 hours

Thesis Track 

The thesis track is designed for students who intend to pursue further academic study. Students intending to enter a history doctoral program are strongly encouraged to write a thesis. 
HIST 5395 - Thesis 6 hours
History Electives 15 hours
Non-history Elective 3 hours

For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the Business Office's website.

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Contact for More Information:

Dr. Peter Moore