Master of Arts in History
Western Kentucky University

Program Details

The online Master of Arts in History degree program from Western Kentucky University is designed to prepare students to teach history on the junior or senior college level and to provide the initial graduate work for those who intend to pursue a doctoral degree.  This history degree features courses that are offered on a rotating basis, flexibility, and a non-thesis option for a Master of Arts degree.  The faculty believes in engaging students in the pursuit of knowledge and that asking questions and seeking knowledge is one of the worthiest of all pursuits.  You will examine how humans have tried to turn their hopes into reality with this degree in history. 

The curriculum is built around the student’s areas of interest and requires you to select one of the following concentration areas:

  • Pre-Modern Europe/World (Ancient World to Early Modern Europe)
  • Modern Europe (Enlightenment to Present)
  • Non-Western World
  • Pre-Civil War United States (including Civil War)
  • Post-Civil War United States


  • Completion of at least 18 undergraduate credit hours in history with a GPA of at least 3.0 in history courses (on a 4.0 scale)
  • An overall undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • A GRE Verbal Reasoning section score of at least 500 (if taken before August 2011) or 153 (if taken August 2011 or after)
  • A brief (approximately 750 words) personal statement discussing why the student wishes to pursue the MA in History degree
  • A sample research paper (at least five pages long)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution

School Accreditation Statement

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

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