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Master of Arts in History


Program Overview

The UNF Master of Arts (M.A.) Program in History emphasizes the acquisition of research and writing skills that will benefit those seeking further graduate study and those who wish to further develop their knowledge to be better, more effective teachers, researchers, and writers. The Department of History offers courses in African, Asian, European, Latin American, and U.S. history. By the end of their first year, students choose between thesis or non-thesis options, both of which require a minimum of 36 credit hours to complete.


Special Notes about the Program

Students are not required to have been history majors, but it is expected that they will have taken the equivalent of at least a minor (15 credits) in undergraduate history courses. Students who have not met this requirement should consider taking additional undergraduate history courses at UNF before applying for the M.A. program.


Students will be required to have completed Craft of the Historian or its equivalent with a grade of B or better prior to full admission.


Application Information

This program admits for the fall and spring terms only.

Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . April 15

Spring Term . . . . . December 1

Admission Requirements

University requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study.

Additional program requirements:

  • Official transcripts from all attended institutions

  • A typewritten essay of three to five double-spaced pages describing your career goals and areas of historical interest

  • Three letters of recommendation. At least one of the letters should come from a former or current history professor

  • A writing sample on a historical topic (An undergraduate paper will suffice.)

  • The GRE is not required for admission

Students should be aware that admission into any graduate program is granted on a competitive basis. Students meeting minimum requirements may be denied admission based on such factors as program capacity or academic discretion. Likewise, students may be considered for admission as an exception if stated admissions criteria are not met.


For more information on how to apply click here.

Additional requirements for International applicants can be found here.


Program Faculty

Program Policies

Total Program
Credit Hours


Average Length
of the Program

Two years

Approximate Enrollment


Community Connections

The department has an intership program, hosts Florida History Online , and provides staff for a wide range of local historical museums and parks.

Career Possibilities

Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator

Dr. Chau Johnsen Kelly

(904) 620-5234

Building 9 , Room 2512