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 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 accelerated Master’s degree program enables highly motivated students begin taking graduate level coursework while still completing their undergraduate degree at TU. All students admitted to the Accelerated Master’s program will write a master’s thesis as part of their program of study.

Program Objectives

At the end of the history master’s program in the thesis and non-thesis tracks students will be able to:

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding in their field of concentration.
  2. Demonstrate effectiveness in communicating complex historical ideas and events.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to research and interpret human affairs in a manner consistent with historical methodologies.

Thesis Track

  1. Eighteen hours of course work in field of concentration.
  2. A master’s thesis defense
  3. Completion of a master’s thesis.

Non-Thesis Track

  1. Eighteen hours of course work in field of concentration
  2. Public lecture based on an original research paper.
  3. Completion of at least two original research papers.
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)

Allows TU undergraduate students to begin logging graduate hours while completing a bachelor’s degree, reducing the time for completion of the master’s degree.

History, J.D./M.A.

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

Application Requirements

To be considered for graduate admission, the following items must be submitted to the Graduate School:

  • A completed Graduate School application
  • Statement of Purpose (admission essay)
  • 10 – 20 page academic writing sample (preferably from a history class)
  • 2 – 3 letters of recommendation from individuals who can comment on your academic potential.
  • Official or unofficial transcripts from all universities attended
  • GRE General Test results
  • $55 application fee
  • International students who studied at a university outside of the U.S. will also need to submit TOEFL or IELTS results