Master of Arts


February 1 is the deadline for MA program (The Department of History accepts applications for fall admission only).  Applications accepted after October 1.      

  • Applications for the MA in history are processed through the University of Arkansas Graduate School. All application materials are processed through the University's UA Connect online system. Applicants are required to complete an application and submit official transcripts through the UA Connect system. Applications can be accessed online and are available here.
  • Submit contact information on UA Connect for three references who will upload letters of recommendation directly to UA Connect.
  • Upload the following documents to UA Connect:
    • Departmental Application in PDF Format
    • CV or Academic Resume in PDF Format
    • Statement of Purpose in PDF Format of no more than 1,000 words. This details your preparation for your intended field of study. Report any relevant language training, indicate with whom you wish to pursue your research project, and feature any experience you have with archival research or substantial academic writing (i.e., thesis)
    • A scholarly writing sample of no more than 10,000 workds in PDF Format.  Ideally this would be a paper/article that utilizes primary sources

All prospective students are evaluated by the Graduate Studies Committee of the Department of History.

An overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or a grade point average of 3.25 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work is required, as is a score of 156 on the GRE Verbal Reasoning test, and a 4.5 on the Analytical Writing test. 

Graduate work in history presupposes an undergraduate major in that subject of approximately 30 semester hours. Students who present a minimum of 30 hours may be admitted without deficiency. Students who present between 18 and 30 hours may be admitted with or without deficiency subject to the determination of the Graduate Studies Committee. Students who present less than 18 hours of history may not be admitted without deficiency. The nature of the deficiency requirements will be determined by the Graduate Studies Committee.

Degree Requirements:

  • Complete 30 hours of graduate history courses (5000 level and above) including History 7023 (Methods), 6 hours of History 600V (Master's Thesis), and a minimum of 9 seminar hour (either reading or research). History 7043 (Historiography) can be used to fulfill partially the seminar requirement. No more than three hours of Directed Readings (506V, 507V, 517V, 519V) will be permitted. No hours of Directed Research (508V, 509V, 518V, 520V) will be permitted. Of the eight required courses, at least three must be in areas outside of the main field of specialization.
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average for all M.A. courses undertaken prior to thesis work.
  • Complete and satisfactorily defend a master’s thesis in history as judged by a panel of departmental faculty. Thesis committees are composed of at least three faculty members that have Graduate faculty status.