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History Graduate Programs

With a master’s degree in history, graduates can pursue a number of career opportunities, including a Ph.D. in history, alternate teaching certification, and professional development for work in schools, museums, libraries and cultural institutions. The Department of History is one of five departments in the College of Arts and Sciences that offers graduate study as well as an undergraduate major.


The program offers specializations in United States history, European history, or comparative history. Students can utilize a number of important archival collections. The Gilcrease Museum offers substantial holdings in the history of the American West. The Truman, Eisenhower, Johnson, Bush, and Clinton Presidential Libraries with their vast holdings are all within driving distance from The University of Tulsa offering students an unparalleled opportunity to study recent American history.

The combined Bachelor’s/Master’s degree program enables highly motivated students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. The combined program requires the same number of credits and level of work as the current BA and MA (thesis option) degree programs. All students admitted to the combined Bachelor’s/Master’s program will write a master’s thesis as part of their program of study.

Educator Tuition Scholarship. All full-time, Oklahoma elementary or secondary school teachers and administrators who qualify for admission to the Graduate School and wish to enroll on a part-time basis may apply for a two-thirds tuition scholarship by completing the scholarship form and returning it to The University of Tulsa Graduate School on or before the time of enrollment.

Degree Options


History, Thesis Track, M.A.

Students who plan to pursue a Ph.D. in History should follow the thesis track.

History, Non-Thesis Track, M.A.

Students who are looking for an intellectual challenge or a professional credential in History should follow the non-thesis track.

History, M.A. (Accelerated Master’s)

Highly motivated students can earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years.

History, J.D./M.A.

Highly motivated students can earn a Juris Doctor and a master’s degree in less than four years.

Professional Opportunities

  • Pursue a Ph.D. in History
  • Alternate Teaching Certification
  • Professional Development for Schools, Museums, Libraries and Cultural Institutions