Academic Catalog 2022-2023 
    Jul 13, 2024  
Academic Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

M.A. History degree plan

History, M.A.

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 admitted with a GPA of 2.999 or lower must first enroll in either HIST 5301 - Historical Methods  or HIST 5302 - Historiography  before enrolling in any other courses.
  • 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 credit hours from another Master’s program if the courses are appropriate for this degree and conform to other Wayland graduate transfer policies.
  • Students must complete at least thirty hours of coursework before taking the comprehensive exam (HIST 5100 ) and must score a minimum of 80 on the exam 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 must take HIST 5301 - Historical Methods  and HIST 5302 - Historiography  within the first five sessions of enrollment in the program.
  • Students cannot take more than three content courses with any one professor (not including required courses or thesis hours) during the course of their degree program, and must take courses from at least four full-time history faculty members.

Degree requirements

The master’s degree in history requires 37 hours.