Master of Arts - History; Thesis

Admission Requirements and Application

The Department of History offers a Master of Arts degree with concentrations in the following areas: United States, Europe, Modern Asia, Latin America (minor), and Public History (minor), or a comparative topical field (minor). The program is designed to broaden and deepen the student’s understanding of the heritage of human experience. It also sharpens scholarly skills and provides for some specialization in specific fields or periods of history.

Admission Requirements

Students must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for admission to graduate standing:

  1. An overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.00.
  2. A grade point average of at least 3.30 in history courses.
  3. A minimum of 18 credits in history.
  4. Recommendations from two former instructors addressing the applicant’s preparedness for graduate work in history. Please download the form from the History Department website.
  5. Submission of a statement of purpose in which the applicant describes historical areas and approaches of particular interest, background and training for advanced work in history, and academic and professional goals.
  6. Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. Decisions on admission are based on a number of factors including: strength of undergraduate GPA, letters of recommendation, writing sample, and statement of purpose, and concordance of student areas of interest and areas of faculty expertise. Decisions on admission into the MA program are made by the Graduate Committee.

The application form must be submitted via the Graduate College.

All other supporting materials, with the exception of official transcripts, may also be submitted by this method.

Official transcripts for all credited coursework must be mailed to the graduate college:

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Graduate College
FDH 352
Box 451017
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154-1017

If the student prefers, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, and writing sample, can be sent to the History Department and can be addressed to:

Graduate Admissions
Department of History
University of Nevada Las Vegas
4505 Maryland Parkway, Box 455020
Las Vegas, Nevada 89154-5020

Materials can also be submitted in person to the History Department, Wright Hall, B329.

Still have questions about the History Department’s M.A. Program? Please feel free to contact the M.A. Advisor, Dr. William Bauer.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the M.A. program in History, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the content and historiography of an extensive body of scholarly material in a major field defined by historical period, geographic region or regions, or theme, e.g. History and Memory.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the content and historiography of an extensive body of scholarly material in a minor field defined by historical period, geographic region or regions, or theme, e.g. History and Memory.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the role of historians in the construction of the past and the role of contemporary context in shaping the perspectives of historians.
  • Demonstrate the ability to formulate an original research project, identify pertinent sources, examine those sources thoroughly, efficiently, and even- handedly within the context of the existing scholarly literature in the field and construct a well ordered, well-argued and well written paper of substantial length. 

Career Possibilities

A degree in history provides students with the skills necessary for success in a wide range of careers and professions ranging from business to law, social services, and education. The department seeks to train majors in the specific skills and knowledge necessary for public school teaching and for graduate student in history or in professional schools. For more information about specific careers and job openings, the UNLV History Department encourages its students to refer to the American Historical Association’s Guide to Careers in History.

Graduate Catalog

The graduate catalog is the official repository of the graduate program requirements, and Graduate College policies.

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