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Master of Arts in History


Program Overview

The UNF Master of Arts 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.

Concentrations Offered

  • Non-thesis
  • Thesis

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.


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.


Please note, GRE is not required for admission to the MA in History program.


Graduate Teaching Assistantships:

Any applicant wishing to apply for a GTA position must submit all materials by April 15 to be given full consideration. Please contact the graduatte program director for additional information.


Application Information

How to:  

Application Requirement Information

International Applicant Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . August 1

Spring Term . . . . . December 1

Admits for fall and spring terms only.

The following must be submitted by the posted deadline. Incomplete applications with outstanding requirements, or those post-marked after the posted deadline, are subject to cancellation. Once an application has been cancelled, the applicant will be required to apply for the next available term, or as a graduate non-degree seeking applicant (limitations apply).

  • UNF admission application
  • Application fee
  • If applicable, collection holds and judicial holds must be cleared 
  • All of the below university and program requirements 

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.
  • Official transcripts, and foreign evaluations if applicable, from all post-secondary institutions attended. 

    Program requirements:

    • Letter of intent
      • 3-5 double-spaced pages 
      • Describe career goals and areas of historical interest
    • Writing sample
      • Historical topic
      • Undergraduate paper will suffice
    • Three letters of recommendation
      • At least one should come from a former or current history professor


    Total Program
    Credit Hours


    Average Length
    of the Program

    2 years

    Approximate Enrollment


    Community Connections

    The department has an internship 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

    Associate Professor

    (904) 620-5234

    Building 9 , Room 2512