How to Apply
The Masters' Program at UTA is specifically designed to meet the needs of students from a variety of backgrounds with diverse career commitments. The Department offers graduate courses in United States, European, African, and Latin American history. Most courses are scheduled at night and students are welcome to enroll with full- or part-time status.
Students with bachelors degrees in fields other than history are welcome to apply, as are students who received history degrees years ago.
Students in the M.A. Program may choose the option of either Thesis or Non-Thesis for their program of work. The 30-credit hour Thesis program requires 24 hours of coursework and 6 hours of thesis; the Non Thesis program requires 33 hours of coursework and 3 hours in a capstone course designed to prepare students for the MA exam. Both programs require students to take a two-course sequence in Theory and Method and in Issues and Interpretations (U. S. or European), but otherwise students have the flexibility to construct a course curriculum that suits their individual interests. Within the Non-Thesis program, two areas of study--in archival certification and public history--are also available to students interested in these career goals. Both the Thesis and Non-Thesis programs require the completion of the language requirement for graduation.
Archival certification. Students intending to work in corporations, museums, libraries, archives, or government agencies, can take a 12-hour sequence--two courses, plus an internship--in the archival certification program as part of their Non-Thesis option. Students who already hold an advanced degree may earn certification by completing only the 12 hours of archival coursework.For students already holding advanced degrees, the application process is slightly different. Please consult this document.
Public History. Students interested in learning how historians work in non-academic settings (such as corporations, historical societies, historic preservation organizations, or privately) can take an 18-hour sequence -- four courses, plus an internship -- in the public history program as part of their Non Thesis option.
Enrollment in the Masters program of History averages between 70-80 students each semester. Graduate course enrollments, which also includes non-history graduate and degreed students, recently reached the highest level yet recorded--162--for any single fall semester.
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Under the university's MyMav registration system, students must receive permission from the Graduate MA Advisor in order to be able to register for a class. This process allows students to review their progress in the program, be aware of their remaining requirements, and select the most appropriate classes each semester.
The MA Advisor may be contacted by email, phone, or during office hours. Students should feel free to contact the Advisor in any of these ways as frequently as they wish during the course of each semester as well as during the registration period.
The various MA options, allow students, under very specific conditions, to take a limited number of advanced (3000 or 4000) undergraduate courses for graduate credit. This is intended to give students the opportunity to take a class that focuses on a topic that is important to their program, but is not offered in the graduate curriculum. Students should ONLY take an undergraduate course for graduate credit when it is necessary to meet this specific need. Otherwise, they should fulfill all of their elective requirements by taking regularly scheduled graduate courses.
Graduate MA students who take an undergraduate course for graduate credit must first obtain the permission of the instructor and of the Graduate MA Advisor. They will then be cleared to enroll in a 5390 section corresponding to the instructor of the course. They will attend the course and do all the work required of undergraduates in the course, as well as additional work assigned by the instructor in order to justify graduate level credit.
To receive graduate credit, students must enroll in the appropriate section of 5390. Students cannot enroll directly in an undergraduate course and receive graduate credit for their work.
Students can only take an advanced undergraduate 5390 course if it is taught by a member of the Graduate Faculty.
Independent Study courses (5391) are generally not available as replacements for regularly scheduled graduate courses.
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