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Taking the historian’s toolkit to the next level

The critical thinking and deep analytical skills you learn as a history major are useful far beyond the halls of academia, and many undergraduates go on to a variety of excellent careers. Of course, if a bachelor’s degree has only whet your appetite for more, the SFA history graduate programs provide the opportunity to delve deeper and further hone your skills to bring the past to life.

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited institution, as evidenced by an official transcript.
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 overall, with a 3.0 in history coursework.
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to the applicant's talent and suitability.
  • A writing sample, roughly five to 10 pages in length, that demonstrates writing and analytical skills.

To Apply:

  1. Prospective students must fill out an application to the graduate school.
  2. Applicants should submit their writing sample via email to Dr. Court Carney, graduate program director for history. The two letters of recommendation should be sent under separate covers directly to Dr. Court Carney, P.O. Box 13013, SFA Station, Nacogdoches, Texas 75962.

The Department of History offers three graduate tracks:

Master of Arts in history – thesis option

This 30-hour program with a thesis is designed for students planning to continue on to the doctoral level or those who desire a more specialized course of study. Students will work with his or her academic advisor to create a degree plan that will include history of the United States, Europe and the World.

See the MA in history (thesis option) degree plan.

Master of Arts in history – non-thesis option

This 36-hour program with comprehensive exams designed for part-time students, those planning to teach at the K-12 or community college levels and those with a general interest in history. Students considering teaching in the public schools may substitute six hours of graduate education courses for the six hours of electives.

See the MA in history (non-thesis option) degree plan

Master of Arts in history – public history option

A 30-hour program with a thesis designed for students planning a career in the field of public history.

Public historians present, interpret and help to preserve history in public settings and for public audiences not often associated with history in an academic setting – such as archives, museums, historic sites, public and private agencies and corporations and non-profit organizations.

See the MA in history (public history option) degree plan.

See the Graduate Bulletin for additional details, guidelines and requirements for the M.A. in History and Public History Emphasis programs.



Dr. Court Carney, history graduate program director

Dugas Liberal Arts North 
Room 358

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13013, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962