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Master of Arts In History

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 a student’s understanding of the history of human experience. The faculty train students in research methods and critical thinking through specialization in specific fields or periods of history.


  • Applications for fall are due April 15.
  • Applications for spring are due November 1.

Admission Requirements

All materials must be submitted electronically through the Graduate College Website. Please do not submit application materials directly to the History Department.

Students must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for admission to the M.A. program:

  1. An overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0.
  2. A grade point average of at least 3.3 in history courses.
  3. A minimum of 18 credits in history.
  4. Two Letters of Recommendation from former instructors addressing the applicant’s preparation and potential for graduate work in history. Letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically as part of the application on the Graduate College website.
  5. A 500 word Statement of Purpose that addresses the following issues:
    1. The reason the applicant wants to pursue graduate work in history.
    2. The specific geographical area of study and topic of inquiry that the applicant plans to study.
    3. The faculty member(s) with whom the applicant would like to study.
    4. The professional goals the M.A. degree would support.
    5. An applicant who does not have an undergraduate degree in History should address the specific reasons why s/he has chosen to pursue graduate work in History.
  6. A Writing Sample between 10 and 30 pages. It should demonstrate the applicant’s ability to do primary research, engage historiographical debates, provide critical analysis, and write clear, well-organized prose.
  7. In addition to the official transcripts required by the Graduate College, applicants must upload unofficial copies of all Transcripts as part of their application materials.

Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. Recommendations for admission are based on a number of factors, including strength of undergraduate GPA, letters of recommendation, writing sample, statement of purpose, and concordance of student areas of interest and areas of faculty expertise. The Graduate Committee in the History Department reviews all applications to the M.A. program and recommends students to the Graduate College for admission.

Transcripts and Other Materials

Official transcripts for all credited course work 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

All other materials, including unofficial copies of transcripts, should be submitted electronically through the Graduate College website.

For additional questions about the History M.A. program, please contact the M.A. advisor, Dr. William Bauer.

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