Academic Catalog 2019-2020 
    Jul 04, 2022  
Academic Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

M.A. History degree plan

History, M.A.

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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 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 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.
  • 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.

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