Texas A&M University-Commerce offers both a Master of Arts (MA) and a Master of Science (MS) degree in History. Our program includes courses in United States, European, Latin American, and World History. Graduate work may be undertaken at both the main campus in Commerce and at the Metroplex Center in Mesquite. Most graduate classes are offered in the evening and during summer sessions.
There are three options within the master’s program: Option I (MA or MS) requires a thesis; both Option II (MA or a MS) and Option III (MS) are non-thesis options. Either Option I or Option II for the Master of Arts requires twelve hours of foreign language. We recommend Option I especially for those students who intend to pursue graduate studies on the doctoral level. We recommend Option III for those graduate students looking for a degree which provides them the minimum state-mandated graduate hour requirements to teach both college-level History and Political Science.
Master of Arts or Master of Science in History (Option I)
Master of Arts or Master of Science in History (Option II)
Master of Science in History—Political Science Track (Option III)
Graduate Qualifying Examinations
Prior to enrollment in thesis hours (HIST 518) or Research Literature and Techniques (HIST 595), all history graduate students must successfully complete the Department's graduate qualifying exam. Degree-seeking graduate students should contact the graduate advisor for History, Dr. Judy Ford (Judy.Ford@tamuc.edu) early on in their coursework in preparation for taking the exam.
Candidates for admission to the master’s program must complete an application for the Graduate School and provide official bachelor’s degree transcripts. They must also take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and arrange to have the results sent to the Graduate School. Applications are available online. To find out more about the Graduate School, follow this link. You may also contact the Department of History main office (903-886-5226) or graduate advisor (Judy.Ford@tamuc.edu)for additional information.
Students who hold a bachelor’s degree but are not seeking a graduate degree may enroll in graduate courses under non-degree status. Graduate history at Texas A&M University-Commerce courses also earn PDAS credit.