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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.


The History program requires applicants to choose one of the following concentrations:

  • Non-thesis
  • Thesis


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.

Special Notes

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

Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . August 1
Spring Term . . . . . December 1

Graduate Program Director

Dr. Chau Johnsen Kelly
Associate Professor
(904) 620-5234
Building 9, Room 2512

The following items must be submitted no later then the deadline posted above. Incomplete applications with outstanding requirements, or those post-marked after the posted deadline, are subject to cancellation. Once an application has been canceled, the decision can not be reversed. Applicants may apply for the next application cycle.

  • UNF admission application
  • Application fee
  • If applicable, collection holds and judicial holds must be cleared
  • All of the below university and program requirements
  • University Requirements
    • A baccalaureate degree from an accepted institutional accreditor, 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.
    • Transcripts, and foreign evaluations if applicable, from all post-secondary institutions attended. Admitted students will be prompted to provide official copies. 
  • 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 and recommendation forms
      • At least one should come from a former or current history professor
      • Recommenders are required to complete the rating form and submit a letter through the recommendation system (they will receive an email with instructions)