History, MA
Accelerated Program

The graduate program in history at Arizona State University provides students with the professional skills needed for advanced research, writing and teaching, as well as the opportunity to prepare for a career in public history. With more than 40 faculty members, the history faculty offers a diverse program of advanced study leading to master’s and doctoral degrees.
Programs include the traditional geographical areas of North America and comparative studies. We are also one of the leaders in the field of Public History, which trains masters and doctoral students for careers in historic preservation, museums, historical societies, archives, and government agencies. The history program also sponsors H-AmIndian, an international H-Net discussion list that is managed by history faculty and staffed by graduate assistants.

History Graduate Faculty

Faculty Research Areas


Contact Information:

Graduate Coordinator

The MA in History requires 30 credit hours, and is typically completed in 2 years.

Program Milestones

  • Selection of a Primary Field of Study
    • Tempe options: North America, Public History, Global/Comparative History, Europe, East or Southeast Asia
    • Online options: North America or Global/Comparative History
  • Coursework
  • Professional Experience/Internship (Public History field only)
  • Culminating project and defense that demonstrates proficiency in research, historical synthesis, and oral and written communication
    • Tempe options: thesis, applied project, or capstone portfolio
    • Online options: capstone portfolio


For more information, please review our program handbooks:


Admission to the History MA program is selective. The most competitive applicants will meet the following academic criteria:

  • A strong record of relevant coursework (18 hours of previous coursework in history and/or other humanities or social science disciplines)
  • a GPA of 3.3
  • a strong writing sample
  • academic letters of recommendation
  • a minimum TOEFL score, for international students, of 90 for the iBT, or 600 for the PBT.

Applicants who do not meet the above criteria will still be considered and all students hoping to pursue graduate study in history are encouraged to apply and emphasize their strengths and research goals in their letter of application.


  • TEMPE CAMPUS: February 1 and April 15 (Fall admission) 
  • ONLINE CAMPUS: July 15 and September 15 (Fall admission); December 1 and February 1 (Spring admission); April 15 (Summer admission)



  1. Online electronic application: Applicants must submit an online Graduate Admissions application and application fee.
  2. Transcripts: Should be mailed to Graduate Admissions Services from the issuing institution(s).
  3. Statement of Purpose: The statement of purpose should be addressed to the history admission committee and should explain the applicant's scholarly background and training, career goals, the primary field the applicant wishes to pursue, and why the applicant wants to pursue graduate study at ASU (about 500 words in length). It is not necessary to specify a research topic, but the applicant should include it if they have one in mind.
  4. Resume: Upload into online application.
  5. Writing sample:  A sample of the applicant's written work should be submitted electronically as part of the online application. Compelling writing samples will include a strong thesis, demonstrated use of primary and secondary source evidence, and solid writing foundations (such as proper grammar and logical organization). The writing sample may be an article (published or unpublished), a research paper, or any other extended sample of expository skill no longer than 35 pages in length. Longer writing samples should not be submitted without first consulting the Director of Graduate Studies. Documents and files may not be password protected. Acceptable file types are .rtf, .pdf, and .doc.
  6. References: Applicants are required to submit a minimum of 3 email addresses from faculty or others qualified to speak of the applicant's suitability for graduate study in history. Academic letters of references will be given the most weight. Applicants should avoid asking friends or family members for references. References will be contacted by the University and asked to upload letters and evaluations online.
  7. TOEFL: An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must follow Graduate Admission guidelines for demonstrating English language proficiency. The history program requires an iBT TOEFL score of at least 90 or a PBT TOEFL score of 600. TOEFL scores should be sent electronically from ETS (Educational Testing Services) to ASU.


Admission FAQs

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year and accelerated 7.5 week classes. View the program description and request more information here.

Degree Offered

History, MA
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of

Tempe, Online

Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

View Plan of Study

Application Deadline

Tempe campus: February 1 and April 15 (Fall admission)

Online campus: July 15 and September 15 (Fall admission); December 1 and February 1 (Spring admission); April 15 (Summer admission)

Financing Your Education

Learn more about the financial support and graduate fellowships available.