Dr. Ashbrook, Chair, with several of our history students.
Mission Statement

In the discipline of history the primary purpose of the M.A. degree is to serve as an intermediate step between the B.A. adn PhD levels.  However, many people seek the M.A. degree for reasons of their own.  Some are teachers who seek salary advancement, some are preparing for law school, some plan to go into business, library work, or archival work, and some simply enjoy studying history.  With these facts in mind it is impossible to devise a specific, narrowly based mission statement for this degree.  However, the goal of the history M.A. program at Midwestern State University is to provide a thorough grounding in the literature, research methods, writing, and analytical skills attendant to the discipline so as to enable each student to approach his/her next level of endeavor with confidence.

Apply Today
  • Submit an application online at msutexas.edu/applygrad.  A $50 fee is required for all students.
  • Request official transcripts from each institution attended other than MSU.  Send transcripts directly to the Graduate Admissions Office.  Transcripts may also be sent electronically by the institution.  
  • Send two letters of recommendation to the history graduate coordinator.  Educational or professional references that can attest to your academic abilities and potential are preferred.
  • Meet with the history program graduate coordinator for program-specific requirements and application information.  Some departments may require a separate departmental application.
  • Ifi you are applying for financial aid, a FAFSA must be completed at www.fafsa.ed.gov For assistance, contact the MSU Financial Aid Office at (940) 397-4214 or msutexas.edu/finaid
  • Once your application is complete, a review will be sent to the graduate coordinator for consideration.  The graduate dean reviews all admission decisions and will send formal notification.

Unconditional Admission may be granted to an applicant who has:

1.A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.  The Office of the Graduate School must receive an official transcript, including one on which a bachelor's degree is posted, directly from each institution the applicant has attended.

2.A GPA of at least 3.0 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.

3.A satisfactory score on the GRE.  The Office of the Graduate School must receive official test scores directly from ETS.

Conditional Admission: Refer to the Graduate Catalog

Admission by Review: Refer to the Graduate Catalog

Application Deadlines

Domestic Students

Semester                    Deadline

  • Fall                     August 1
  • Spring                December 1
  • Summer I           May 1
  • Summer II          June 1

International Students

Semester                    Deadline

  • Fall                     May 15
  • Spring                September 15
  • Summer             March 15

*These are general application deadlines that do not apply to all programs.  Contact the graduate office or the history program graduate coordinator for specific deadline information.

DEGREE COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

For students pursuing the Thesis Option:

  • Satisfactory completion of twenty-four (24) hours of approved graduate History course work.
  • Satisfactory completion of a reading knowledge examination of an approved foreign language.  The examination is administered by the World Languages and Cultures Department in cooperation with the History Department.  OR satisfactory completion of two (2) years of study of one (1) foreign language.
  • Admission to candidacy.  This step occurs automatically upon satisfactory completion of all course work.
  • Approved thesis.  Thesis carries six (6) hours of credit.
  • Satisfactory completion of the oral examination covering all course work and the thesis.

For students pursuing the Non-Thesis Option:

  • Satisfactory completion of thirty-six (36) hours of approved graduate History course work.
  • Satisfactory completion of a reading knowledge examination of an approved foreign language.  This examination is administered by the World Languages and Cultures Department in cooperation with the History Department.  OR satisfactory completion of two (2) years of study of one (1) foreign language.
  • Admission to candidacy.  This step occurs automatically upon satisfactory completion of all course work.
  • Acceptance by the department of an approved research paper.  This paper will be completed by the student under the direction of any member of the history graduate faculty.
  • Satisfactory completion of the oral examination covering all graduate course work and the research paper.

For students pursuing the Non-Thesis Option with an Outside Course Sequence:

  • Satisfactory completion of thirty-six (36) hours of approved graduate course work.  i. Twenty-four to thirty (24-30) hours of approved graduate History course work.  ii.  Six to twelve (6-12) hours of approved graduate course work outside of the History Department.  (Six hours may or may not constitute an official minor)
  • Satisfactory completion of a reading knowledge examination of an approved foreign language.  This examination is administered by the World Languages and Cultures Department in cooperation with the History Department.  OR satisfactory completion of two (2) years of study of one (1) foreign language.
  • Admission to candidacy.  This step occurs automatically upon satisfactory completion of all course work.
  • Acceptance by the department of an approved research paper.  This paper will be completed by the student under the direction of any member of the history graduate faculty.
  • Satisfactory completion of the oral examination covering all graduate course work and the research paper.

For students pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Histroy:

*Satisfactory completion of twelve (12) hours of approved graduate History course work.

Application requirements for certificate students:

  • Application as a post-baccalaureate student
  • Official transcripts (submit to graduate school)
  • Bachelor's degree (submit evidence to graduate school on transcript)
  • Letter of interest/essay (500 words) explaining how the certificate will benefit the student (submit to graduate school)
  • Signed post-baccalaureate statement (submit to graduate school)
  • GRE not required
  • Letters of recommendation not required

Note: Candidates applying for a certificate program are not applying for admission to the Graduate School.  Please consult the MSU graduate catalog for details.  Students may upon approval by the History Graduate Coordinator apply graduate course work completed at MSU towards an M.A. in History.  However, the student must formally apply to and be accepted into the graduate school and the History program.

Graduate Advisory Committee

Students pursuing the M.A. in History must assemble a Graduate Advisory Committee.  The student and the graduate advisor will select a committee consisting of three (3) members of the graduate faculty.  This committee will approve the thesis and/or the research paper and administer the oral examination.  The thesis director will chair the committee.