Important Dates & Deadlines

  • Foreign Language Proficiency Exam
      • Registration Deadline: September 11
      • Test Date: September 20
  • Deadline to apply for Spring Graduation: October 1
  • Deadline to apply for a Spring GRA position: October 1
  • Travel Grants: May 1
  • Deadline to submit thesis to ProQuest: November 1
  • Deadline to apply for Spring Admission: November 1
  • Travel Grants: March 1
  • Foreign Language Proficiency Exam
      • Registration Deadline: February 5
      • Test Date: February 14
  • Deadline to apply for Summer Graduation: March 1
  • Deadline to apply for a Fall GRA position: March 1
  • Deadline to submit thesis to ProQuest: April 1
  • Deadline to apply for Summer Admission: April 1
    • Travel Grants: May 1
    • Foreign Language Proficiency Exam
        • Registration Deadline: June 12
        • Test Date: June 21
    • Deadline to submit thesis to ProQuest: July 1
    • Deadline to apply for Fall Graduation: August 1
    • Deadline to apply for Spring Admission: July 1

Graduate Assistantships, Internships, and Fellowships

Full-time graduate students may apply for graduate research assistantships, which provide a stipend and tuition waiver in exchange for a work assignment of approximately 15-20 hours per week. For more information and to apply, contact Dr. Nadya Williams at

Located in historic northwest Georgia, just west of Atlanta, UWG offers many opportunities for internships, such as the Atlanta History Center, Georgia Humanities, and the National Parks Service. For more information or to apply, contact Dr. Mark Janzen at

The College of Arts, Humanities, and Scientific Inquiry's Graduate Studies Fellowship for Underrepresented Minority Students supports underrepresented minority students seeking master’s degrees in English, History, and Music. This initiative extends from COAH and the Graduate School’s commitment to the University of West Georgia value of inclusiveness. It aims to help increase the number of underrepresented minority students who complete graduate degrees in the college.

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Programs of Study

Students pursue a major field (5 courses) and a minor field (3 courses) of study in history, as well as complete a thesis of 75-120 pages in length. This 36-hour course is designed for students who plan on pursuing a Ph.D. or teaching at a collegiate level.

This 36-hour course of study is designed for students pursuing careers in education, public history, and even outside academia. This option requires 3 courses taught in U.S. History, 3 courses taught in World History, and 3 courses taught in a thematic field chosen by the student. A comprehensive exam takes place of the thesis.  Students should discuss the formation of their exam committees with the Graduate Director upon making the decision to take this course.

Students interested in pursuing careers in public history should elect this option, which requires 36 hours of study in a major field in public history (5 courses), a minor in another historical field (3 courses), and the option to write a thesis or produce a thesis/applied research project. All public history students are required to complete an internship.