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Degree Specialization Hours Thesis Option* Minor Option
M.A. General 36 hours Non-Thesis May have minor
M.A. General 33 hours Thesis May have minor
M.A. General 36 hours Non-Thesis No minor
M.A. General 33 hours Thesis No minor
M.A. Public History Studies 36 hours Non-Thesis May have minor
M.A. Public History Studies 36 hours Non-Thesis No minor
M.A. Public History Studies 39 hours Thesis No minor
M.Ed. General 36 hours Non-Thesis Minor required

*If a student chooses to work on a thesis in certain areas of European history or Latin American history in which a foreign language is essential to the student’s research, then a lack of facility in a foreign language could pose a problem. Lack of competency in one or more foreign languages for students intending to do research in United State history or even in some areas other than U.S. history may not pose a problem at all. Students who intend to pursue a doctoral degree after completing a master’s degree in history are encouraged to develop or maintain their language skills, as language competency will be required.

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall Semester - Priority † February 15 February 15
Fall Semester - Standard ∞ June 15 June 1
Spring Semester ∞ October 15 October 1
Summer ∞ April 15 March 15
Summer Midterm ∞ June 1 May 1

Graduate course descriptions for this program may be viewed online in the Graduate Catalog.

∞This program has a firm deadline. If the program is not listed as an option on ApplyTexas for a given semester, applicants may no longer apply for the program for that term. Applicants with incomplete files after the deadline will be denied admission. In order to apply for admission consideration for future terms, applicants must submit a new application, fee, and updated support documents.

Assistantship Information
The application deadline for consideration for assistantships is June 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester. Students who wish to apply for a Graduate Instructional Assistant position should complete the GIA application form and forward it to the Graduate Advisor.

Financial Support
In order to be considered for scholarships and fellowships, applicants must have their application completed for review before the Priority Application Deadline.  Some scholarships/fellowships managed by the department and college may have later deadlines.

Application Decisions
The History program has a rolling admissions process in which a Graduate Admissions Committee considers completed applications as they arrive. An admission decision should be made within three to four weeks, but it could take up to six weeks during peak times.

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Rebecca Montgomery mailto
Taylor-Murphy History Building 217

Program Director - Public History
Dr. Lynn Denton mailto
Taylor-Murphy History Building 202

Graduate Advisor Support
Roberta Ruiz mailto
Taylor-Murphy History Building 202

 information  Please visit for more information regarding this program.

Application and Application Fee

Please apply online through the ApplyTexas Application and allow 2 working days for the application to be received by Texas State.

The required non-refundable $40.00 application fee can be submitted with credit/debit card information during the application process. If preferred, applicants may submit a non-refundable $40.00 application fee (check or money order in U.S. currency) made payable to Texas State. The mailing address is listed below.

Please Note: Students who change their admission status must pay the fee associated with the new application. Degree-seeking students changing majors and/or seeking multiple degrees are required to complete a new application and pay the $40 fee.

An additional international evaluation fee of $50.00 (U.S. currency) is required if the application is considered for admission based on foreign credentials.

Transcript and Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement

Applicants who are Texas State University degree recipients or are currently enrolled at Texas State need to request transcripts for any coursework NOT listed on the Texas State transcript. The Graduate College will provide the Texas State transcripts.

Applicants who are not Texas State University degree recipients or are not currently enrolled at Texas State must submit one official transcript from each college or university from which credit was received.  For institutions that do not use the SPEEDE service, the secure third party vendor must send the electronic transcript to If your previous colleges or universities do not have the ability to send official transcripts electronically in these formats, those transcripts must be mailed directly from the university or college attended or submitted in a sealed university envelope with the university registrar's signature on the back of the envelope to the following address (international transcripts must come directly from the main university’s Registrar’s Office):

Texas State University
The Graduate College
601 University Dr.
San Marcos, TX 78666-4684

All applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university. A minimum of a 2.75 GPA on the last 60 undergraduate semester hours of letter-grade work earned at a four-year college or university before receipt of a Bachelor's (plus any previously completed graduate work) is required.

In addition, a minimum of a 3.25 GPA on a minimum of 24 hours of undergraduate work in history is required. Six hours of undergraduate foreign language credit is preferred.

Applicants who have not yet graduated with a bachelor’s degree should send the transcript with the most recently completed semester’s grades.  The Graduate College will only calculate an applicant’s GPA after the last long (Spring or Fall) semester of coursework prior to graduation has been completed.  For example: Applicants who apply for a program that will begin Fall 2016 and expect to graduate in May 2016 should send transcripts with the Fall 2015 grades.  If transcripts are submitted without this information, applicants will be notified and the application will not be considered complete until the updated transcript has been received.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Requirement

The History program requires an official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score to be submitted prior to admission consideration with preferred score of 156 (verbal reasoning only).  If you took the GRE within the last five years and prior to the new examination, the following preferred score will be considered - a preferred score of 500 (verbal only).  The GRE score is valid for five years after the exam date.  GRE scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey, to our Graduate College.  The college code for Texas State is 006667.  The Educational Testing Service can be contacted at  Texas State applicants are required to take only the General Test.  The GRE will be waived if an applicant holds a Masters or Doctoral degree.

English Proficiency Requirement (TOEFL/IELTS)

English proficiency exam scores through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required to apply if English is not the applicant’s native language or if the applicant is not eligible for an automatic TOEFL/IELTS waiver.  English proficiency exam scores are valid for two years after the exam date.  Fluency in English is expected of all accepted students, specifically in the areas of listening, reading, speaking, and writing.  In order to be eligible for regular admission into this program, applicants must submit scores of at least:

  • TOEFL iBT – 78 overall
  • IELTS (Academic) – 6.5 overall with minimum individual module scores of 6.0

This program will allow English-based conditional admission based on TOEFL/IELTS scores.  In order to qualify for English-based conditional admission ("Bridge"), applicants must submit the following scores:

  • TOEFL iBT – 59-77 overall
  • IELTS (Academic) – 5.5 or higher overall with minimum individual module scores of 5.5 or higher

Additional Application Requirements

  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose: Focused, carefully developed essay of 400-500 words on how your undergraduate experience in history courses directed your career toward graduate level work in history, or how that experience shaped what you expect of your work in history at the graduate level. Be sure your name is on the top of all pages of the essay.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation, at least one from a history professor if the student majored in history
  • Brief statement of any foreign language competencies that includes a description of reading and speaking skills in terms of basic, intermediate, proficient, and fluent abilities.

Applicants will electronically submit the documents to The Graduate College at Please only submit what is required by the program. Any additional documents mailed or e-mailed to our office will not be attached to applications.

If you are an international applicant or have international components to your application, please visit the International Student web page for other admission requirements that may apply to this program.