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Graduate Programs

The TCU graduate program in history connects students with an outstanding and dedicated faculty and a program of study and research that can be tailored to meet their particular interests.

The department offers the MA and Ph.D. degrees with specializations in U.S. and Latin American history. The department’s Graduate Guide offers applicants a detailed view of how the TCU program works. The History Graduate Committee considers applications during the spring semester. Applicants must submit their materials before February 1. Late applications will not be accepted.

For more information, please complete our Inquiry Form.

Learn more about our graduate programs by exploring our Graduate Resources.


Graduate Admissions


Master of Arts in History

While most history graduate students at TCU seek a Ph.D. degree, the master’s degree is a valuable option for students beginning their graduate careers.  TCU offers two options: a terminal MA degree and one that continues into the Ph.D. program.

The MA degree requires a total of 30 hours of coursework, including at least three seminars, Historiography and Bibliography, and six hours of thesis.

A student planning to leave TCU after the master’s must complete a thesis project. A master’s candidate may write a thesis in one of the following areas: Asia, early modern Europe, modern Europe (with an emphasis in France or Britain), Latin America, United States, military, and women’s history.

As a final requirement of the MA program, the student defends their MA thesis in an oral examination conducted by their MA committee. This exam tests the student’s ability to defend the contents and conclusions of their thesis.

The MA degree must be completed within five years from initial matriculation. Students pursuing a terminal MA degree are limited to two years of financial aid from the Department of History.

A master’s student continuing into the TCU Ph.D. program may elect to forego a thesis. Instead, the student will have a defense of two completed article-length research papers with their advisor and one other faculty member. These students may also elect to write a master’s thesis, and many of them do so.


Doctor of Philosophy

The Ph.D. program requires mastery of history in certain fields demonstrated by completing at least 30 credit hours of coursework beyond the MA (not including thesis or dissertation hours), satisfying a language requirement, passing testable and non-testable supporting fields, passing written and oral major field examinations OR (for students entering the program after fall 2014) presenting a portfolio, as well as writing and defending orally a dissertation that represents an original contribution to historical knowledge. For more information on these requirements, see the Graduate Guide.


Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. William Meier
Reed Hall 308A


Scholarly Achievement and Careers

TCU’s history graduate faculty and students have established a solid record of scholarly achievement. Over the past 10 years, faculty members have published more than 35 scholarly books and have won several research and teaching awards.

In that same time, the department has awarded 43 doctoral degrees. Of those, nearly 90 percent have found employment in full-time history-related jobs.


Financial Aid and Teaching Assistantships

Students in TCU’s history graduate program are well supported, both financially and in terms of scholarly resources. More than 90 percent of our history graduate students receive some form of financial aid, and the department provides many opportunities for experience in the classroom, both as teaching assistants and as independent instructors. For more information on these opportunities, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies Dr. William Meier at