Admission Information and Procedures
The Department of History no longer accepts spring admissions to the Graduate Program. The next admissions period is for Fall 2017. The Early Application deadline for Fall 2017 admission applications is January 15, 2017. We will continue to accept admission applications to the Graduate Program for Fall 2017 until the Extended Deadline, which is June 15, 2017.
Applicants who wish to apply for department funding will need to meet the Early Application Deadline, as funding applications are due at the end of February.
Before being accepted into the Master's Degree program in History, the applicant must
(1) Score: a. at the 50th percentile or higher on the verbal portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) AND b. either at the 40th percentile or higher on the quantitative portion, OR 4.0 or higher on the analytical/writing portion of the GRE,
(2) Have a bachelor's degree and 24 hours of history credits from an accredited university (6 hours of US history, 6 hours of world history, and 12 hours of upper level history),
(3) Have a cumulative grade-point average (overall or for the last sixty hours) of 3.5 on a four-point scale,
(4) Submit an acceptable statement of his/her purpose in seeking the master's degree in history
(5) Provide two acceptable letters of recommendation,
(6) Have met all other university requirements.
If the student's application file is incomplete by the department's current application deadline, he/she may register as an undeclared major with Toulouse Graduate School and enroll in graduate history courses (with the written permission of the appropriate faculty) while he/she completes all history admission requirements. In such cases, the student may transfer up to twelve hours of history graduate course work to count towards the completion of his/her history master's degree when and if he/she is later admitted unconditionally to the history master's program. Applicants should read the Toulouse Graduate School website before applying - http://tsgs.unt.edu/admissions/programs - Official transcripts and GRE scores must be sent directly to the Toulouse Graduate School. Applicants may submit additional application materials (statement of purpose, recommendations) electronically to the Graduate Program Assistant at HistoryGradProgram@unt.edu, or by mail to - Graduate Program Assistant University of North Texas - History Dept. 1155 Union Circle #310650 Denton, TX 76203-5017
Masters Degree Program Requirements
There are two options for students seeking a masters degree in History, the thesis option and the non-thesis option. Students earning a master's degree in the UNT Department of History must follow the thesis option to qualify for admission in the Department's doctoral program.
Thesis Option - 33 Hours
o A graduate major in history consists of 27 hours of graduate work in history (including 3 hours of historical bibliography and at least two research seminars) and a 6-hour thesis. The 27 classroom hours may be selected from any graduate courses offered by the department; the 6-hour thesis may be written on any topic approved by the student's advisory committee.
o The student may substitute 6 hours in a related field approved by the chair of his or her committee for 6 hours of graduate course work in history.
o A candidate for this degree must successfully complete an oral examination on the course work and the thesis.
The non-thesis option is regarded as a terminal degree by the UNT Department of History.
A student taking this option must take any two research seminars in history and 3 hours of historical bibliography.
The remaining 24 hours may be all in history or may include a minor of up to 6 hours in a related field approved by the department chair.
A candidate for this degree must successfully complete an oral examination on the course work.