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Prospective MA Students

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Why UCA?

Don’t just learn history; do history. Our students have the opportunity to do original, archival research, and present at national conferences.

Learn from the best. Our award-winning professors offer unique classes, like Holocausts in History, and have the opportunity to develop special, tailored classes.

Gain critical skills for the real world. Your experience is built on what you learn in class and what you practice in research, analysis, writing, and presentation. These skills are necessary for success within academia and beyond.

The department’s faculty create a dynamic learning environment that fosters close interaction between students and professors. Our seminar-based curriculum ensures that each student in the graduate program receives individual attention and guidance. We pride ourselves on training students to be scholars and teachers at all levels of education, while also offering preparation for careers outside academia in government agencies, historical societies, libraries, and museums.

Choose a track. Our program has two tracks–a thesis track and a non-thesis track–so that you can tailor your studies to your particular career goals.

Choose major and minor fields. We encourage students to follow their passions and broaden their academic horizons. You choose a major field and minor field to focus your studies from European history, Non-Western history, and United States history. You complete 12 hours of coursework in the major field and 6 hours in the minor field.

Take classes when convenient for you. We recognize that many people juggle work schedules while advancing their education. Many of our classes are in the evening to allow you to maintain full-time employment while earning your degree. We offer graduate classes in the fall, spring, and summer so you can choose a pace that works for you as you complete the 30-hour program.

Use your degree. Our graduates have demonstrated high success rates in finding employment that uses the skills they cultivated in our program. (See

How to Apply

In addition to the requirements for admission to the Graduate School, applicants for regular admission to the Master of Arts program must submit the following:

  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. The department gives preference to applicants with at least 153 on the verbal and 4.0 on the analytical writing portion of the GRE.
  • A writing sample.
  • A 2-3 page formal statement of purpose that explains why the applicant is pursuing a master’s degree, identifies the applicant’s particular interests (i.e., the historical problems or issues that most interest the applicant), and suggests why the applicant is interested in the History Master of Arts program at UCA.
  • Two letters of recommendation.

For conditional admission consult the graduate dean, department chair, or the departmental graduate advisor.

Send all items to:

UCA Graduate School
201 Donaghey Avenue
Torreyson West 328
Conway AR 72035
Phone: (501) 450-3124
Fax: (501) 450-5678


The department employs a few Graduate Assistants every year. Graduate Assistants support faculty by grading, administering evaluations, facilitating classes in a professor’s absence, and conducting other support services as needed. If you are interested or would like more details, please contact Dr. Michael Rosenow, Coordinator of Graduate Studies, / (501) 450-5623.

Students should also explore the various funding opportunities at the university and scholarship opportunities more broadly.

Additional Resources

MA Brochure
MA Graduate Program Description
Graduate AssistantshipApplication