Academic Catalog 2017-2018 
    Mar 21, 2023  
Academic Catalog 2017-2018 [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 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.
  • Students must take HIST 5301 - Historical Methods  and HIST 5302 - Historiography  within the first four terms of enrollment in the program.

Degree requirements

The master’s degree in history requires 37 hours.