Graduate Program in History
Why should you get a Master's Degree in History?
The History Graduate Program allows you to deepen your understanding—through research and analysis—of regions and eras that have been politically and socially influential.
Our faculty hold diverse thematic and geographic specialties. Graduate students at UNO can focus on the following topics:
- Holocaust and Genocide Studies
- Ancient Mediterranean Studies
- Medieval and Renaissance
- Race and Ethnicity
- the American West
- Other subjects in United States, Latin American, and European history
You must meet the following minimum criteria* to be considered for placement in the UNO History Graduate Program:
- Complete 21 semester hours of coursework in history
- Complete a historical methodology and/or research course, with a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale).
- Earn an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale).
*Provisional entrance into the program may be considered if full criteria are not met. Students who have no undergraduate course in historical methodology and/or research must successfully complete HIST 2980 (Historical Methodology) during the first two semesters of their enrollment at UNO. Contact the Graduate Program Chair (Dr. Martina Saltamacchia) to inquire further.
Fall Admission: February 1 (for funding consideration) and May 15
Spring Admission: October 15
- Submit the following application materials to the Office of Graduate Studies:
- UNO Graduate Studies Application (found through the UNO Graduate Studies website)
- Cover letter essay of 250-500 words describing your interests in history and why you wish to earn an MA Degree.
- Curriculum Vitae ("c.v.") or Résumé
- A writing sample from an upper-division history course (at least 10-12 pages in length)
- Two academic letters of recommendation. We urge you to submit letters from history professors, history professionals, or professors from a related field who can speak in detail about your academic background and experience.
Graduate students who elect the thesis option are required to identify a thesis advisor, develop a thesis committee, and write and defend the thesis before graduating. Further details about the thesis process are available here (MA in History Thesis Option) or you can contact the History Graduate Program Chair. The total credit hours for the thesis option is 36 hours (30 credit hours in courses + 6 credit hours of thesis).
Master of Arts in History: Comprehensive Exams (Non-Thesis) Option
Graduate students who do not elect to write a thesis are required to identify a comprehensive exams advisor, develop a comps committee, and complete their comp exams before graduating. Further details about the comps/non-thesis process are available here (MA in History Non-Thesis Option) or you can contact the History Graduate Program Chair. The total credit hours for the comps/non-thesis option is 36 hours of coursework.
MA Program Dismissal
The Department of History at UNO will automatically dismiss from the program any student who is awarded any grade below B- in two (or more) classes, regardless of whether or not they have complied with other requirements of satisfactory progress.
Graduate students in the History M.A. Program may elect to add a minor from a different department or program from UNO. Examples include Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Native American Studies, and Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Discuss this option with your advisor or the History Graduate Program Chair.
To earn a History Graduate Minor, a student must be enrolled in a UNO Graduate Program and complete 9 hours of graduate-level history courses with the grade of a "B" (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better.