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.
Master of Arts in History
The MA degree requires a total of 30 hours of coursework, including at least three seminars (70000 or 80000 level), HIST 50963 — Historiography and Bibliography, and six hours of thesis (History 70980 and 70990, each taken in a three-hour block). Students must take at least one 80000-level research seminar in the first year of the program, unless exempted by the major advisor. Students must complete all work for the MA, including the thesis, within five years from the date of first enrollment.
Master of Arts in History Thesis
A master’s candidate may write a thesis in 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 in the MA program, students defend their MA theses in an oral examination conducted by their MA committee. This exam tests students’ ability to defend the contents and conclusions of their theses.
The MA degree must be completed within five years from initial matriculation. Students pursing a terminal MA degree are limited to two years of financial aid from the Department of History.
Master of Arts/Doctor of Philosophy Track (Non-thesis)
To receive the master’s degree, students must complete a non-thesis master’s defense of two completed article-length research papers with their advisor and one other faculty member. Students must successfully complete the master’s defense prior to the graduation deadline at the end of their second year of the program.
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. Rebecca Sharpless
Reed Hall 329
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 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.
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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. Rebecca Sharpless at email@example.com.