History Master of Arts

Program Overview

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

Applicants must apply to the University of Northern Colorado Graduate School before the program area reviews the applicant’s request for admission. To apply, submit the following materials via the online application system. Failure to submit all required materials will delay the evaluation and screening of your application.

  • $50 non-refundable application fee
      • International Students: $60 non-refundable application fee
  • Completed Online Application
  • One official copy of transcripts from all accredited college or university attended since completing high school. UNC Alumni need not submit transcripts
  • Three Letters of Recommendation - at least one of which comes from someone who knows applicant in an academic context.

Submit the following information to Grad.ApplicationMaterials@unco.edu:

  • Statement explaining interest in grad school and academic history
  • Writing sample based on primary sources of at least 15 pages

International applicants who do not speak English as a first language must meet UNC’s requirements for English Proficiency.


  • Application deadline for fall: February 1st (to be eligible for funding and assistantships; rolling thereafter)
  • Application deadline for spring: September 15th (to be eligible for funding and assistantships; rolling thereafter)

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.