The Master's Program

The History M.A.

History Student

The master’s degree in history has been designed with several options in mind. It may be taken as a foundation for further advanced graduate work; as part of an individualized program that prepares students for a secondary teaching career; or as a terminal degree. Whichever option a student selects, faculty will stress the development of research techniques, analysis of historical data, and expository writing skills.

Students receiving a master’s degree in history will be competent in research methodology, writing skills and content in selected areas of history. Opportunities include advanced work in history, teaching at the secondary level (with licensure) or in junior and community colleges. Additionally, graduates may apply for professional schools, e.g., in law, library science, theology, museum curatorship and archival work.

The UNC Catalog contains a full description of the requirements for this degree.

Admissions Requirements

Application Materials

Send to:

Completed application to the Graduate School

Complete Online: http://www.unco.edu/grad/admissions/index.html

$50 Application Fee

The Graduate School
University of Northern Colorado
501 20th St
Campus Box 135
Greeley, CO 80634

Phone: 970-351-2831
Fax: 970-351-2371

Grad.ApplicationMaterials@unco.edu

Three Letters of Recommendation: At least one of these letters must be written by a professor who can evaluate your academic work and your potential as a graduate student in history, though our preference is for all three letters to come from professors who know your academic work.

For electronic submission, students should fill out the following form: https://unco.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?
SID=SV_blJ6RjkZcunBCHr&Q_JFE=0

Official Undergraduate Transcripts:
If you completed your entire undergraduate degree at UNC, you do not need to submit official transcripts. Contact the Graduate School for more information.

Personal Statement:
A letter/personal statement from you explaining why you wish to pursue a Masters degree in history, something about your background in the subject, and what kind of history interests you.  

Writing Sample:
A writing sample of at least 15 pages based on research in primary sources.  This should be a history paper and it is perfectly fine if it is one that you wrote for a class.


For more information about how to apply, please visit the Graduate School website.

International applicants who do not speak English as a first language must meet UNC’s requirements for English Proficiency, detailed here: http://www.unco.edu/grad/international/howtoapply.html

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Financial Aid, Scholarships, TA-ships

The University of Northern Colorado Office of Financial Aid administers programs in loans and funding that are available to students in the Graduate School.  See the Office’s website here: http://www.unco.edu/grad/financial/index.html

The History Department offers some scholarships that are awarded to candidates once they have been accepted into the program.  Such candidates will be notified of their eligibility upon admission.

We also offer some teaching assistantships that pay a stipend and cover a portion of a graduate student’s tuition.  These, too, are awarded to qualified graduate students on a competitive basis once they have been admitted to the program.  

No separate application is necessary for History Department awards; you will be considered at the time of admission.

For More Information

For further information on the History M.A, contact the graduate coordinator:

Dr. Nicholas Syrett
Nicholas.Syrett@unco.edu (970) 351-2595.