History Master of Arts
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.
- Fall Admissions: Feb. 1 (to be eligible for funding and assistantships; rolling thereafter)
- Spring Admissions: Sept. 15 (to be eligible for funding and assistantships; rolling thereafter)
Applicants must apply to the Graduate School at the University of Northern Colorado before the program area reviews the applicant's request for admission. Failure to submit all required materials will delay the evaluation and screening of your application
Each applicant must:
- Possess a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university or a comparable degree from a foreign institution.
- Have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on the most recent 60 credit hours.
Take the following steps to be considered for admission:
Step 1: Complete the Application
Complete the online application and pay the application fee (you will pay the fee after you complete all application questions and submit the application)
- Domestic Students: $50 non-refundable application fee
- International Students: $60 non-refundable application fee
Step 2: Transcripts
Request one official transcript from every accredited college or university attended or from which you earned credit, except UNC. Official transcripts from each college are required, even if courses taken at one institution are listed on another school’s transcript. This includes concurrent enrollment courses taken while in high school through an accredited college. You do not need to provide study abroad transcripts.
Official transcripts may be sent via mail in an unopened sealed envelope or through an electronically secure digital program directly from the issuing institution. Mailed transcripts should be sent to:
Graduate School and International Admissions
University of Northern Colorado
Campus Box 135
501 20th Street
Greeley, CO 80639
Electronic transcripts should be sent to email@example.com. We do not accept email, scanned or PDF transcripts directly from the student.
UNC retains submitted transcripts, from institutions other than UNC, for admitted students for up to five years after graduation or date of last attendance at UNC. Transcripts provided by applicants who were not admitted, denied admissions or did not complete their application are destroyed after one (1) year. The Graduate School will make every attempt to use previously-submitted transcripts if they are within these timeframes. However, if the Graduate School cannot locate previously submitted transcripts, the transcripts fall outside the timeframes listed above, or they are considered illegible, applicants must provide new transcripts.
Applicants with academic credentials from outside the U.S. will need to follow the requirements for submission of foreign transcripts. Click on the Transcripts tab for information about international transcripts.
Step 3: Supplemental Items
You will need to log back into the online application system, scroll down and click on "Submit Supplemental Items" to do the following:
- Upload the items below:
- Statement explaining interest in grad school and academic history.
- Writing sample based on primary sources of at least 15 pages.
Once you apply to the UNC Graduate School and your application packet is complete, your application will be reviewed by the Graduate School and then sent to the faculty/program for an admission decision. The timing of the admission decision depends on each individual program’s deadline and review process.
International applicants (non-U.S. citizen/non-U.S. Permanent Resident) please refer to the International Admissions Requirements page for further information about submitting transcripts, English proficiency scores, passport copy and financial documentation.
For More Information
For more information about the admission process, please email the Graduate School at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 970-351-2831.
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. Learn more about funding your graduate studies.
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 if you apply by the deadlines.