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""The M.A. 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 pdfGraduate Program Handbook (PDF) for a brief synopsis of the program.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Admission: August 1
  • Spring Admission: December 1
  • Summer Admission: May 1

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 M.A. program must meet minimum requirements established by the Department of History and the faculty.

Please visit the Graduate School website for specific requirements.

The TOEFL and TWE are 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 Long Does it Take to Complete the Program?

The M.A. degree in history requires 36 credit hours. Students taking a full course load of three 3-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.

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 Checklist

  • Complete and submit online application.
  • Submit application fee payment.
    • Domestic: $50.00
    • International: $60.00
  • Please ask the individuals from whom you request references to submit them online via the Apply Yourself system. Electronic submission is the preferred method. However, if your referees prefer to mail a recommendation letter, it should be mailed to the address of the department or program to which you are applying.
  • Request one (1) official transcript to be mailed by the issuing institution to the UAB Graduate School:
    UAB Graduate School
    G03 LHL; 1700 University Blvd.
    1720 2nd Avenue South
    Birmingham, AL 35294-0013
  • Submit official TOEFL test score (for international applicants only).
    • Institution code: 1856
  • Mail Financial Affidavit of Support (for international applicants only) to:
    UAB Graduate School
    G03 LHL; 1700 University Blvd.
    1720 2nd Avenue South
    Birmingham, AL 35294-0013


For more information on our program, contact the Graduate Program director.

Department of History
HHB 360 1720
2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-1152