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Graduate Advisor

Dr. Rebecca Montgomery
Taylor-Murphy, Room 217

Advisor Support
Roberta Ruiz
Taylor-Murphy, Room 202

Program Director 
(Public History)

Dr. Patricia Denton
Taylor-Murphy, Room 202

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The Department of History offers close mentoring with top scholars as well as the benefits of a large and diverse research community. Collaborative efforts with the Center for Texas Music History, the Center for the Study of Southwest and a vibrant public history program complement the graduate program.

Degree Concentration Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.A. History 33 Thesis* Minor optional
M.A. History 36 Non-Thesis Minor optional
M.A. Public History Studies 36 Non-Thesis Minor optional
M.A. Public History Studies 39 Thesis* No minor

  Please read additional information below regarding thesis course work and foreign language competency.

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority February 15 February 15
Fall - Standard June 15 June 1
Spring October 15 October 1
Summer I April 15 March 15
Summer II June 1 No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a firm deadline.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for funding. Read additional information about departmental assistantships.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. International applicants, please visit our international web pages for additional requirements.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

  Review the instructions for submitting your ApplyTexas application.

Application Fee(s)

  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • $50 nonrefundable international evaluation fee (if applicable)

  Review the instructions for submitting your application fee(s).

Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • minimum 3.25 GPA in a minimum of 24 hours of undergraduate history course work
  • background course work (preferred): six hours of undergraduate foreign language 

  Review the instructions for submitting your transcripts. Official transcripts will be required if admission is granted.

GRE Scores

  • official GRE scores required with a preferred minimum of 156 in the verbal section

  The GRE may be waived if you hold a master's or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. If you hold a master's or doctoral degree (or the equivalent thereof) from an accredited international institution, the GRE may be waived on an individual basis.

  Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.


  • brief statement of any foreign language competencies including a description of reading and speaking skills in terms of basic, intermediate, proficient, and fluent abilities. Read additional information below.
  • resume/CV
  • statement of purpose (400-500 words with name in header) describing 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 
  • two letters of recommendation with at least one from a history professor (if you majored in history)

  Review the instructions for using the Graduate Admissions Document Upload tool (GADU) to submit your documents. You will have access to GADU after you submit your ApplyTexas application and activate your Texas State NetID.


Non-native English speakers who do not qualify for an English proficiency waiver:

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

If you do not meet the scores above, you may qualify for English-based conditional admission if you meet the minimum scores below:

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 59 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 5.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 5.5

  Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.

Additional Information

  Foreign Language Competency
If you choose to work on a thesis in certain areas of European history or Latin American history in which a foreign language is essential to your research, then a lack of facility in a foreign language could pose a problem. If you are intending to do research in U.S. history or even in some areas other than U.S. history, lack of competency in one or more foreign languages may not pose a problem at all. However, if you eventually want to pursue a doctoral degree after completing a master’s degree in history, you are encouraged to develop or maintain your language skills, as language competency will be required.

  Funding Information
If you wish to apply for a graduate instructional assistant (GIA) position, please complete the GIA application form and forward it to the graduate advisor no later than June 1 for the fall term and November 1 for the spring term.