Department of History

MSC06 3760
Mesa Vista Hall , Room 1104
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: (505) 277-2451
Fax: (505) 277-6023

The Masters in History

The UNM Department of History currently enrolls about 50 Masters students, who in pursuit of their degrees complete course work, conduct historical research, engage in public history, teach in secondary and university education, and produce historical content for scholarly and popular venues.  For some graduate students, the History MA is one step in their path to the PhD in History (at UNM or elsewhere), while many others go on to work in museum curating, academic publishing, public history, and the private sector.

Students in the Masters’ program may focus their work in one area and complete a comprehensive exam and thesis in that concentration (Option I), or select two regional concentrations and sit for the corresponding exams (Option II).  Masters students make these selections from the following regional concentrations offered in the department:

  • The Western World to 1500
  • Europe 1500-1815
  • Europe 1815-present
  • United States
  • American West
  • Latin America
  • Asia

The Graduate Director advises Masters students about program requirements and helps each student to form a Committee on Studies, a group of faculty who provide the student with intellectual and professional guidance.  All Masters students must take History 664: Advanced Historiography and fulfill the department’s foreign language requirement prior to taking their written comprehensive exam(s), which are usually administered in the fourth semester of full-time graduate study.  Thesis Deadlines

For more detailed information on the History Masters program, please consult the department’s MA Program Requirements, as well as Masters Degrees -- A Student's Snapshot, a guide to MA requirements and procedures available on the Office of Graduate Studies web page.  Masters students who entered the program prior to Fall, 2007 will find the appropriate MA requirements here.

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, Dr. Jason Smith, 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.