Most students with a Master’s degree in history are teachers at the public school, community college, or college/university level. Many serve as public historians, historic preservationists, museum curators, archives/records managers, or analysts with government agencies. The Master’s equips students for further study at the doctoral level.
Students must have completed a minimum of six undergraduate hours in history and be prepared to make up any deficits in knowledge.
Students who plan to pursue a doctorate should be aware that doctoral programs require competency in two foreign languages. These students should go the thesis route with the Master’s to prepare them for writing a doctoral dissertation.
Students may transfer in a maximum of twelve semester hours from another Master’s program if the courses are appropriate for this degree and conform to other Wayland graduate transfer policies.
Students must take the comprehensive exam (HIST 5100) during the last semester of their program and score a minimum of 80 on it in order to earn the degree.
Students may elect to research and write a thesis (six hours’ credit) or take two additional subject area courses instead.
Students may take any course more than once for credit if the topic is different each time.