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What will I learn?

The M.A. in history degree offers graduate students the opportunity to focus their studies on four different historical areas including the U.S., Europe, Latin America and culture. Students will gain an understanding in the scholarly discipline of history through the expansion of historical knowledge, the comprehension of historiography and the practice of critical inquiry. Framing the questions that define particular scholarly debates underlies critical analysis of primary and secondary sources. Students gain exposure to these questions in course work and demonstrate their familiarity with them in comprehensive examinations. In the thesis, they display awareness of the scope and challenges of historical research. They define what questions can and cannot be addressed with a limited body of sources. They situate their research and analysis in the historiography of a field. Ultimately, they discuss their work at a final thesis colloquium.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$21,006.00 per year
Start date

Expected August 2022


College of Liberal Arts

1664 N. Virginia Street,



89557, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A minimum of 30 graduate credits in biology or related fields must be completed with an average grade of B or better

For international students

Hold a B.A. degree in History (or a closely related discipline) from an accredited four-year college or university. A cumulative grade point average of 2.75 is required.

Minimum score requirements: TOEFL: 550 (paper) or 79 (internet), IELTS: 6.5 (academic version).

Application Deadlines: Feb. 1

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.