Graduate Program in History
Why should you get a Master's Degree in History?
The History Graduate Program allows you to deepen your understanding of specific regions and eras. Areas of study include the social and political history of countries that have been influential in world development and in-depth research and written analysis. The History Department Faculty hold diverse geographic (Native American and Indigenous history, the American West and Great Plains, Ancient Europe, Medieval/Renaissance Studies, and the United States) and thematic specializations (religion, women and gender, race and ethnicity, legal, economic, and cultural).
You must meet the following minimum criteria to be considered for placement in the UNO History Graduate Program:
1) Complete 21 semester hours of work in history
2) Complete a course on historical methodology and/or research, with a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale).
3) Earn an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale).
4) Submit an essay of 250-500 words describing your interests in history and why you wish to earn an MA Degree.
5) Submit 2 academic letters of recommendation. Because we seek to determine your potential as a historian, letters of recommendation should be solicited primarily from history professors with whom you have worked during your academic career.
6) Provide a writing sample (generally of 10-12 pages in length) from an upper-division history course.
All Application materials must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies, along with the application found at the UNO Graduate Studies website.
Application Deadlines for consideration in the History Graduate Program:
Fall Admission, July 5
Spring Admission, November 15
The History Graduate Program Committee may choose, in rare cases, to admit provisionally any student who does not meet all of the above requirements, with the understanding that all criteria for unconditional admission must be met before any Graduate Student Course Credits (including HIST: 8010, 8020, 8030, 9100, and 9200) are taken.
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. This course, required of all undergraduate history majors at UNO, seeks to develop two skills essential to all historians: the ability to write clearly, and the ability to engage in the critical evaluation of sources (including primary sources). Interpretation of this requirement rests with the History Graduate Program Committee. Students who believe that they have taken a comparable course or have acquired equivalent skills, should submit examples of their work, which will enable the Graduate Program Committee to assess their proficiency.
- For more information, contact the Graduate Program Chair (Dr. Jeanne Reames).
In addition to the requirements for academic progress laid down by the UNO Office of Graduate Studies, “Departments/Schools may have additional and more stringent criteria for evaluating a student’s performance and may demand a higher level of performance than that demanded by the Graduate College.” Please note that: The History Department 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.
Master of Arts in History: Thesis Option
The thirty-hour thesis program includes a minimum of six (6) hours of thesis credit plus twenty-four (24) hours in graduate coursework credit. This program is open to an M.A. Student, and is especially recommended for students who wish to continue graduate studies at the PhD level. Students intending to write a thesis are encouraged, but not required, to complete HIST8030, Graduate Historical Methodology.
There are three options for completing the 24 credit hours of coursework. Please visit the MA in History Thesis Option page to learn more details about this program of study.
Master of Arts in History: Non-Thesis Option
The non-thesis option includes thirty-six (36) hours of graduate course credit. Candidates who elect the MA without thesis options are required to take comprehensive exams after completing all their course work. The exact content of these exams will be determined in consultation with the Graduate Program Chair.
There are three options for completing the 36 credit hours of coursework. Please visit the MA in History Non-Thesis Option page to learn more details about this program of study.
The A.V. Sorensen Award is given to an undergraduate or graduate student who has written the best paper or completed thesis on an urban topic (one involving the history of cities and towns at any stage of development) during the previous academic year.
The Virginia Dare Shuflata Award recognizes "excellence in history" students at the graduate level.
The Shuflata Master's Thesis Fellowship is available to outstanding graduate students to support the successful completion of their Master's thesis in history at UNO. For more information, please contact the Graduate Program Chair.
Graduate Research and Creative Activity (GRACA) - GRACA grants support faculty-mentored graduate student research and creative activity. Grants of up to $5,000 per student are available to UNO graduate students currently enrolled.
A limited number of Graduate Teaching Assistantship positions are available in the department. Once students have been accepted into the MA program, they should discuss application procedures with the Graduate Program Chair. Graduate Teaching Assistantships are contingent upon acceptance into the MA program.
Please visit the History Department's awards page to read more about recognizing UNO student work in history!
To earn a graduate minor in history, a student must complete 9 hours of graduate-level history courses with the grade of a "B" (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better.