The MA in History teaches students the techniques of historical research, trains them to be effective writers, and familiarizes them with historical scholarship in several different methodological and geographic specializations. The degree provides a solid foundation for students seeking admission to doctoral programs, rigorous professional development for high school teachers, and a sophisticated understanding and appreciation of the past that enriches students’ intellectual lives wherever their personal and professional paths may lead.

Please visit the Graduate School website for an overview of what to expect when pursuing a Master's Degree at UAB. You can also download the Graduate Program Handbook for a brief synopsis of the program.

Getting into the Program

We look for a diverse group of students who have promising academic abilities and great potential for success. Applicants to the MA program must meet the minimum requirements established by the Department of History and the faculty.

Please visit the Graduate School catalog for specific requirements or view a PDF of the Admissions Checklist.

Applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test. The TOEFL and TWE are also required for international applicants whose native language is not English.

How Much Does it Cost?

Detailed tuition and fees information can be found on the UAB Students page.

How Do I Apply?

Application for admission should be made online through the UAB Graduate School website. Admissions will be made for fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Application deadlines:
  • Spring admission deadline: November 1
  • Summer admission deadline: April 1
  • Fall admission deadline: July 1

How Long Does it Take to Complete the Program?

The MA degree in history requires 36 credit hours. Students taking a full course load of 3 three-credit-hour courses per semester can complete the program in four semesters. Many of our students, however, juggle career and/or family responsibilities and tailor their course loads to fit their particular situations. The department makes every effort to help students find a course of study that is compatible with their needs so they can complete their degrees in a timely manner.


Please contact the graduate program coordinator.