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Graduate Advisor

Dr. Jose Carlos de la Puente
Taylor-Murphy, Room 227

Advisor Support

Roberta Ruiz
Taylor-Murphy, Room 202

Program Director 
(Public History)

Dr. Patricia Denton
Taylor-Murphy, Room 202

Graduate Advisor
(Public History)

Dr. Nancy Berlage
Taylor-Murphy, Room 205

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. No concentration 36 Non-Thesis Minor
M.A. No concentration 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.A. No concentration 33 Thesis* Minor
M.A. No concentration 33 Thesis* No minor
M.A. History Education 36 Non-Thesis Minor
M.A. Public History Studies 36 Non-Thesis Minor
M.A. Public History Studies 36 Non-Thesis No minor
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 1 February 1
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. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

  Review important information about the ApplyTexas application.

Application Fee(s)

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

  Effective Fall 2019 and beyond

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

  Review important information about 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 important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted. 

GRE Scores

  • official GRE (general test only) required with competitive scores in the verbal reasoning 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 important information about 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 important information about documents, including the submission instructions for using the Graduate Admissions Document Upload tool (GADU). You will have access to GADU after you submit your ApplyTexas application and activate your Texas State NetID.


Applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • 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 important information about 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 Dr. Rebecca Montgomery ( no later than June 1 for the fall term and November 1 for the spring term.