Admission: A Bachelor's degree in History or a related field is a required prerequisite for admission to the M.A. program. The bachelor's degree should include general European and American history, some advanced coursework, and a senior thesis or course in historiography or historical methodology.
Required Course: Students in the M.A. program must complete HIST 664 Advanced Historiography.
Foreign Language Requirement: The student is required to demonstrate a proficiency in one language other than English. This requirement may be fulfilled by passing the departmental language examination, presenting 12 credit hours of coursework in a foreign language from an accredited institution (completed with grades of "B" or better during the period of graduate study at UNM), or completion of the fourth-semester course of a foreign language with a grade of "B" or better. Students are expected to demonstrate progress toward fulfilling this requirement within the first two semesters of graduate study, with the requirement being completed before taking the M.A. examination.
Primary Concentration: Students in the M.A. program must complete 18 credit hours in a chosen concentration and pass a written examination in that field.
At least half of the required credit hours (exclusive of thesis) should be earned in graduate seminars. No more than 6 credit hours of Problems (HIST 697–698) courses may count toward the degree.
Students may elect a Plan I (thesis) or Plan II (non-thesis) program as specified in the Graduate Program section of this Catalog.
Plan I: Students must complete 24 credit hours of graduate-level coursework with a minimum of 18 credit hours in History courses. At least half of these credit hours must be completed after admission to the M.A. program. This coursework must include at least 3 hours of graduate seminar in one of the concentrations available for the M.A. in History. The Plan I student must also complete 6 credit hours of HIST 599 Master's Thesis. The thesis option must be approved in advance by the supervising Professor. All theses must be written in English.
Plan II: Students must complete 30 credit hours of graduate-level coursework, with a minimum of 18 credit hours in History courses. At least half of these credit hours must be completed after admission to the M.A. program. This coursework must include at least 3 hours of graduate seminar in two of the concentrations available for the M.A. in History. The Plan II student must choose at least 12 credit hours in either a second concentration (with a written examination in that field), a transcripted graduate minor or certificate, or an area of focus designed by the student which may consist of courses from outside the department and is subject to the approval of the Graduate Advisory Committee. Completion of a Capstone Project will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the area of focus option.
MA Program Prerequisites: 30 hours in history, including courses in general European and American history, and History 491 (Historiography) or its equivalent. Candidates for the master's degree are expected to demonstrate a reading knowledge of one foreign language approved by the department by the end of the first year of graduate work. Language credit by transfer is not acceptable.
For information on admission to the History Masters Program, click here. Prospective applicants may also contact the Graduate Director or department staff for further information. Students wishing to enroll for non-degree graduate coursework prior to admission for graduate study in History should consult the department's policy on Graduate Non-Degree Coursework and contact UNM's Non-Degree Student Services.
“History provides students with a greatly enriched view of the world around them as well as numerous real-world skills that will prove useful in many professional occupations. The study of history helps us to understand who we are and where we have been. That knowledge, in turn, helps to shape our future choices and directions. A major in history with its emphases on research, writing and creative and analytical thought prepares students for graduate student in history and in other fields, or for work in professions such as law, teaching, business, management, and publishing” (from the UNM History Department website). A bachelor's degree is the minimum formal education required. However, depending on the field, many employers also require graduate school (for example, many professional historical or academic jobs will require a graduate degree).