History MA

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College : Arts and Humanities Degree :MA
Department : History Option : Thesis
Program Websites : http://history.cah.ucf.edu/academics/graduate-programs/


The Master of Arts in History is designed to serve the needs of a variety of students, including those who plan to pursue a PhD, those wishing to improve their proficiency as secondary school teachers, and those who seek to enrich their intellectual lives. In addition to the General MA program, Public History and Accelerated Undergraduate to Graduate tracks are offered.


The History MA program requires a minimum of 36 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, including 6 credit hours of core courses, 18 credit hours in an area of specialization, and 6 credit hours of electives outside of the area of specialization. At least 18 credit hours of the 36 required must be at the 6000 level.
Total Credit Hours Required:
36 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Required Courses—24 Credit Hours

Core—6 Credit Hours

  • HIS 6159 Historiography (3 credit hours)
  • HIS 6905 History Capstone Class (3 credit hours)

Specialization—18 Credit Hours

Students may specialize in one of the two areas below. Specialization courses must be approved by the student's adviser.

Eastern Hemisphere: African, Asian, European, or Middle Eastern
  • AFH 5259 Colloquium in African History (3 credit hours)
  • AFH 5806 The Historiography of Slavery in Africa (3 credit hours)
  • ASH 5229 History of the Middle East (3 credit hours)
  • ASH 5408 Colloquium in Modern China (3 credit hours)
  • ASH 5485 U.S. China Relations (3 credit hours)
  • ASH 5925 Colloquium in South Asian History (3 credit hours)
  • ASH 6936 Seminar in U.S. China Relations (3 credit hours)
  • EUH 5419 Colloquium in Roman History (3 credit hours)
  • EUH 5459 Colloquium in French History (3 credit hours)
  • EUH 5546 Colloquium: British History (3 credit hours)
  • EUH 5579 Colloquium in Soviet Russia (3 credit hours)
  • EUH 5595 Colloquium in Czarist Russia (3 credit hours)
  • EUH 5905 European Imperialism (3 credit hours)
  • EUH 5925 Colloquium in Medieval Europe (3 credit hours)
  • EUH 6939 Seminar in European History (3 credit hours)
Western Hemisphere: Caribbean, North American, or South American
  • AMH 5116 Colloquium in U.S. Colonial History (3 credit hours)
  • AMH 5137 Colloquium in U.S. Revolutionary Period (3 credit hours)
  • AMH 5149 Colloquium in Early U.S. History, 1789-1815 (3 credit hours)
  • AMH 5169 Colloquium in Age of Jackson (3 credit hours)
  • AMH 5176 Colloquium in Civil War and Reconstruction (3 credit hours)
  • AMH 5219 Colloquium in Late 19th Century U.S. (3 credit hours)
  • AMH 5296 Colloquium in 20th Century U.S. (3 credit hours)
  • AMH 5378 History of Technology (3 credit hours)
  • AMH 5391 Colloquium in U.S. Cultural History (3 credit hours)
  • AMH 5406 Colloquium in American South (3 credit hours)
  • AMH 5446 Colloquium in U.S. Frontier (3 credit hours)
  • AMH 5566 Colloquium: Women in American History (3 credit hours)
  • AMH 5636 Colloquium in U.S. Environmental History (3 credit hours)
  • AMH 5925 Colloquium in U.S. Military History (3 credit hours)
  • AMH 6346 Seminar in the History of American Automobility (3 credit hours)
  • AMH 6429 Seminar in Community and Local History (3 credit hours)
  • AMH 6592 Seminar in Oral History (3 credit hours)
  • AMH 6939 Seminar in U.S. History (3 credit hours)
  • HIS 5067 Introduction to Public History (3 credit hours)
  • HIS 5083 Cultural Heritage Management (3 credit hours)
  • HIS 5095 Readings in Historic Preservation (3 credit hours)
  • HIS 5925 History in the Digital Age (3 credit hours)
  • HIS 6068 Seminar in Documentary Editing (3 credit hours)
  • HIS 6096 Seminar in Historic Preservation (3 credit hours)
  • HIS 6165 Digital Tools for Historians (3 credit hours)
  • LAH 5920 Colloquium in Latin American History (3 credit hours)
  • LAH 6936 Seminar in Latin American History (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses—6 Credit Hours

Students will choose history courses outside their area of specialization.

  • Electives (6 credit hours)

Thesis—6 Credit Hours

  • HIS 6971 Thesis (6 credit hours minimum)

The culminating event of the program is a minimum of six credit hours at the 6000-level developing and sustaining a historical argument in writing according to the accepted professional and ethical standards of the discipline.

Thesis Defense

The final step in completing the thesis requirement is a one-hour oral defense before the thesis committee.

Comprehensive Examinations

Each candidate for the Master of Arts in History must pass written examinations in two fields upon conclusion of regular course work and before beginning a thesis. These examinations must be taken and passed as part of the requirements for the capstone course. Students are provided two attempts at successfully passing the examinations. Each student will also submit a thesis prospectus and preliminary bibliography, which the three members of the student’s thesis committee judge acceptable as the preliminary step to beginning the thesis. An oral defense of the written exams and the thesis prospectus and bibliography is also a requirement of the capstone course.

Foreign Language

Students will also be expected to demonstrate a reading competency in one foreign language. The foreign language examination must be completed one semester prior to the thesis defense.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants must provide: 

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • A bachelor’s degree in History (or an equivalent).
  • A 3.25 GPA in all upper division history courses taken as an undergraduate student.
  • Official, competitive GRE score taken in the last five years.
  • A written statement describing personal goals and objectives in seeking a graduate degree in history.
  • Three letters of recommendation from former professors who can address applicant’s ability to undertake graduate-level history courses.
  • A computer-based score of 233 (or 91 internet-based score) on the Test of English as a Foreign language (TOEFL) if an applicant is from a country where English is not the official language, or if an applicant's degree is not from an accredited U.S. institution, or if an applicant did not earn a degree in a country where English is the only official language or a university where English is the only official language of instruction. Although we prefer the TOEFL, we will accept IELTS scores of 7.0.

Applicants who hold an undergraduate degree in History but do not have a GPA of 3.0 in all work attempted while registered as an undergraduate student, or while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student (normally based on the last sixty attempted semester hours), or a 3.25 GPA in their history courses, or do not have a competitive score on the combined verbal-quantitative sections and/or the individual verbal or analytical writing sections of the GRE may take up to 9 hours of graduate courses as non-degree-seeking students. To be admitted into the graduate program, however, they must earn a 3.3 GPA or higher in the graduate-level history courses they take under this status.

Generally, applicants who meet all of the above requirements but do not have an undergraduate degree in History must complete 12 hours of history course work at the 3000 and 4000 level, with a 3.25 GPA in these courses, before entering the graduate program. These courses will not count toward the graduate degree. The History Department Graduate Committee can waive this requirement, in whole or in part, when applicants present evidence that they are capable of successfully completing graduate history courses.

If, in addition, applicants do not meet one of the other requirements for entry, such as a GPA of  3.0 in all work attempted while registered as an undergraduate student, or while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student (normally based on the last sixty attempted semester hours), or a competitive score on the combined verbal/quantitative and/or the individual verbal or analytical writing sections of the GRE, they must complete 12 hours of course work at the 3000 and 4000 level with GPA of 3.5 before they can be admitted to the graduate program. 

Meeting minimum UCF admission criteria does not guarantee program admission. Final admission is based on evaluation of the applicant's abilities, past performance, recommendations, match of this program and faculty expertise to the applicant's career/academic goals, and the applicant's potential for completing the degree.

Application Deadlines

History MA *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Jun 1Dec 1Apr 15
International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15Jul 1Nov 1
International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1Sep 1Dec 15
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.