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History and Social Sciences

The Master's Degree in History

Why pursue a Master’s Degree in History at Louisiana Tech University?

The Department of History’s M.A. program is dedicated to providing its students with the analytical skills necessary for a successful career in a variety of professional fields, including education, academia, civil service, politics, and law. Through a broad and challenging curriculum, the M.A. program effectively prepares students for doctoral work in history, or an advanced degree in a host of related academic fields. In addition, the M.A. program trains students for positions in public history and heritage preservation, including museums, libraries, and research archives

The Department of History’s M.A. program affords an ideal opportunity for public school teachers or prospective community college instructors to broaden their knowledge of specific teaching fields and to perfect their research and writing skills. 


The Department of History’s M.A. program offers a selection of exciting stimulating, and highly informative graduate course. The program’s wide curriculum encourages candidates to focus their studies in a manner most relevant to their particular professional goals. Each graduate course incorporates broad-based critical inquiry into current historical debates and theoretical issues, training in research methods and information gathering, and instruction in the techniques and aesthetics of writing and publishing historical books and articles.


The Department of History features a roster of highly-qualified faculty members who maintain an active research agenda, publish extensively, and are deeply committed to their students’ success. Graduate classes normally include about eight to twelve students, enabling professors to supervise each student’s individual progress. Professors hold no less than 10 office hours per week and make themselves readily available for personal consultation at times convenient to the students.


The Department of History generously supports its graduate students through an array of funding opportunities. M.A. candidates are eligible for assistant-ships and a variety of departmental fellowships, with awards totaling up to $7,000. The department is also devoted to securing funding for its graduate student from other offices and programs within the university.


The Department of History affords M. A. candidates access to the Prescott Memorial Library, which contains considerable book and periodical holdings in the field of history and possesses a rich collection of primary documents in its Regional Government Documents Depository, Department of Special Collections, Manuscripts & Archives, and American Foreign Policy Center.

The Department of History benefits from its close association with the McGinty Trust, which provides important financial support for graduate and undergraduate scholarships, lecture series, symposia, library collection development, and other enhancements.


The Department of History provides students with numerous opportunities to gain practical experience in public history through internships with local museums, historical societies, and other organizations dedicated to heritage preservation. In addition, faculty members work closely with students in the design and construction of historical exhibits, and the coordination of public history talks, panels, and presentations intended for a scholarly audience as well as the general public.


The Department of History expands its graduate students’ opportunities for educational enrichment through formal collaborative arrangements with the history departments at three neighboring schools: The University of Louisiana at Monroe, Grambling State University, and Louisiana State University-Shreveport. Under this arrangement, students may count credits earned through selected courses at these institutions toward the fulfillment of their M.A. degree at Louisiana Tech University.


Louisiana Tech University’s Lambda Rho Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society boasts an impressive record of achievement. In Phi Alpha Theta’s national competition, Lambda Rho Chapter has received distinction as a “Best Chapter” or a “Special Commendation” every year since 1978. Throughout the academic year, Louisiana Tech’s Lambda Rho Chapter sponsors scholarly, charitable, and social events, participates in regional conferences, and organizes its own annual awards banquet and conference in which members present papers on their current research. 


Kent B. Germany (MA 1994) received his Ph.D. in history at Tulane University and is currently an Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies at the University of South Carolina. He is the author of New Orleans after the Promises: Poverty, Citizenship, and the Search for the Great Society (Univ. of Georgia Press, 2007), and the co-editor of The Presidential Recordings: Lyndon B. Johnson (W. W. Norton, 2007).

J. Mark Scalia (MA 1997) is the author of Germany’s Last Mission to Japan: The Failed Voyage of U-234 (Naval Institute Press, 2000).

LaGuana Gray (MA 1999) received her Ph.D. from the University of Houston and is currently an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Texas-San Antonio.

Alicia Kaigler Jackson (MA 1999) received her Ph.D. in history from Louisiana State University of Mississippi and is currently an Assistant Professor of History at Covenant College, Georgia.

Roshunda Belton (MA 2001) received her Ph.D. in history at Louisiana State University and is current an Assistant Professor of History and Head of the Department of History at Grambling State University.

Eric Pardue (MA 2007) is currently pursuing a law degree at the University of Virginia’s School of Law.

Louisiana Tech University’s
Master’s Degree in History


To receive unconditional admission to the History M.A. program, a student must a have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college, with a minimum GPA OF 2.50 (on a 4.0 system) on all work, or a 2.75 on the last 60 hours attempted. A student who qualifies for unconditional admission need not take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) until after admission to the university.

To receive “conditional admission”, an applicant to the History Master’s Program must submit documentation that he/she has satisfied one of the following criteria: 

a)    a valid GRE score acceptable to the graduate director in History;

b)   a minimum GPA of 3.0 on 9 semester hours of graduate courses in history taken as an unclassified student;

c)   a minimum GPA of 3.1 on 21 semester hours or more of undergraduate courses in history; or

d)   meeting the Graduate School’s criteria of a 2.25 GPA on all work or a 2.50 on the last 60 hours attempted.

NOTE:  students have 9 hours in which to fulfill conditions of admission. If the conditions are not met after 9 hours of course work, the applicant will be dropped from the Graduate School.


Thesis Option: 30 hours (18 of which must be at the 500-level, including Hist. 501, Hist. 505) 6 hours of thesis, and oral exams.

Non-Thesis Option: 33 hours (18 of which must be at the 500-level), written exams.


GRE scores may be waived by the graduate director, in many cases.

All graduate students are required to have a completed and signed Plan of Study on file with the Graduate School, no later than the end of their first quarter of graduate work.

All graduate students in history are required to take History 501 (Historiography) and History 505 (Historical Research & Writing).

Only two “C”s may count toward the history master’s degree.

Upon approval of the department involved, a maximum of 12 semester hours of graduate credit, or 1/3 of the hours required for the masters’ degree, may be transferred for degree credit, if from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university. The grade(s) earned must be a “B” or above, and the credits accepted as applicable to the master’s program by the student’s academic college.