Nothing prepares students for the future like a glimpse back into the past, which makes our History department the perfect place to hone your skills in research, critical thinking and writing. With such a solid liberal arts background, History majors are prepared for careers in law, business, banking, politics, journalism, teaching and government, not to mention research and teaching in specialized fields such as museum studies, women's issues and the development of the world's diverse societies and cultures, both ancient and modern.

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog. A program sheet, which provides a required coursework sequence, is available for download in the Courses tab below.

  • Overview

    The History Department at the University of West Georgia offers an exciting and versatile M.A. program in History to prepare students for careers in teaching, law, business, government, museum work, archive management, public history, and library and information science. There are concentrations in American, World, European, Public History, Atlantic World, and War and Society in Global Perspective; a certificate program in Museum Studies in conjunction with the Atlanta History Center; and a post-M.A. certificate in Public History. Working closely with our faculty, you will be trained to think critically, write clearly, and analyze effectively.

    Program Location

    Carrollton Campus

    Method of Delivery

    Courses are primarily taught face to face. Some courses may be available partially or fully online, however, this is not an online program.

    Accreditation

    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required: 36
    Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 6
    A transfer credit evaluation will be completed by the UWG Transfer Team (transfer@westga.edu). Course application to a program is subject to review by the department.

  • Cost

    This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.

    Details

    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online courses are charged at the general tuition rate plus an eTuition rate BUT with fewer fees and no extra charges to non-Residents.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

  • Courses
  • Faculty
  • Admissions

    Guidelines for Admittance

    • All graduate applicants must complete the online Graduate Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
    • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
    • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
    • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Graduate Admissions Office.

    Program Specific Admittance Guidelines

    The minimum requirements for acceptance as a regular student in the History MA program include:

    • An undergraduate major or minor in history or a closely related field, including survey (or equivalent) courses in American History and European or World History.
    • Acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are at least 151 for the Verbal Section on the new GRE, and at least 4.0 for the Writing Section.
      • Applicants with a degree in History and a 3.5 undergraduate GPA or higher are exempt from taking the GRE. Please email graduate@westga.edu for more information.
    • A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all work taken at all colleges.
    • An average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for a major in History or a closely related field.
    • A writing sample that indicates an ability to research and write at the graduate level
    • Personal statement 
    • 3 letters of recommendation

    Evidence from the personal statement and the letters of recommendation should show the applicant’s abilities and needs match our resources and course offerings.

    Application Deadlines

    Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School

    * Application, app fee, and document deadline

    See The Scoop for more specific deadlines.

    Admission Process Checklist

    The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here

    One exception: If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.

    Contact

    Graduate Admissions        
    678-839-1394 (phone)    
    678-839-1395 (fax)
    graduate@westga.edu

    Graduate Admissions
    Mandeville Hall
    University of West Georgia
    1601 Maple Street
    Carrollton, GA 30118-4160

  • Dates

    Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP.

    Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School

  • Objectives
    Students who receive the Master of Arts Degree in History will be able to: 
    • Conduct historical research 
    • Formulate and defend a historical argument in Standard English 
    • Demonstrate knowledge of historiography and its changes over time 
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the theory and practice of public history [for public history track only] 
    • Demonstrate practical knowledge of a subfield of public history [for public history track only]