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

Advisor Support
Roberta Ruiz
Taylor-Murphy, Room 202

Graduate Advisor
(Public History Studies)

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 No 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 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

*The Fall 2020 standard deadline has been extended to July 1, 2020.

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.


Application Fee(s)

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

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 

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.

*Due to COVID-19 and testing center closures, GRE not required for Summer and Fall 2020 applicants.


  • 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)


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

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. Jose Carlos de la Puente ( no later than June 1 for the fall term and November 1 for the spring term.