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MA-History  (MA-HIST)
MS-History   (MS-HIST)

The graduate program in History strives to promote independent thinking and to contribute to the development of a well educated person. Graduate training helps prepare the student for teaching in a high school, a junior college, a four-year college; for continued study of history at the doctoral level; or for one of the many non-academic areas in which historians work.

Texas A&M University-Commerce offers both a Master of Arts and a Master of Science degree in History.  The Master of Arts requires twelve hours of foreign language. Our program includes courses in American, 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 two options within the Master’s program: Option I  requires a thesis, Option II does not.  We recommend Option I especially for those students who intend to pursue graduate studies on the doctoral level.

Required Documents for Admission

Admission Consideration Requirements for All Students

  • Apply Texas Application
  • Application fee:  $50 domestic student 
  • All official transcripts - Bachelor's degree, including all transcripts used towards bachelor's degree.  Any master's degree transcript or transcripts with graduate coursework (if applicable).
  • Personal Statement of no more than 500 words describing preparation for graduate work, interests, and goals.
  • Resume(Vita)

Additional Admission Consideration Requirements for International Students Only

  • Application fee, $75.00, US dollars (this may be paid online when you apply)
  • Bank Statement from the sponsor, must reflect a balance of at least $26,024.82 USD (must be less than 1 year old)
  • Official sponsor statement
  • Official transcripts (with a copy of the provisional certificate or diploma)
    For more information on official transcripts, please click here and read FAQ question:  What transcripts do I submit for my admission?

  • English Proficiency:

    • Official TOEFL report (IBT at least 79, or CBT at least 213, or PBT at least 550), scores must be less than 2 years old, or
    • Official IELTS report (at least overall 6.00 band), scores must be less than 2 years old, or
    • Official PTE report (at least overall 53 or higher), scores must be less than 2 years old,
    • Official Duolingo report (at least overall 105 or higher), scores must be less than 2 years old, or
    • Completion (all years) of a bachelor's degree or higher degree from a U.S. regionally accredited university.

Application Packet Submission Deadline:

Domestic student applications are accepted throughout the year.

International student applications (including all required documents and for programs that are not fully online) have the following deadlines:

Fall admission consideration:          June 1

Spring admission consideration:     October 15

Summer admission consideration:  March 15