Application Process

Students interested in pursuing a program of study in History or Public History should:

1. Have completed an undergraduate program containing at least 18 semester hours of history (or closely related humanities courses).

2. Have a 3.25 undergraduate GPA or submit GRE scores.

3. Submit to the Graduate Chair a letter of intent (500 word minimum) that describes the applicant’s background, qualifications, academic interests, and career goals in obtaining a Master of Arts degree in History.

4. Submit evidence of the writing and analytical skills necessary for graduate level course work (a history research paper is preferred).

5. Submit to the Graduate Chair at least two letters of recommendation from former professors who are familiar with the applicant’s academic work.

6. Fill out the online application.

Admission deadlines set by the Graduate Office are August 10 for the Fall Semester, January 10 for the Spring Semester, and a rolling deadline for the summer term. Applicants who missed the deadline have the option to apply as a non-degree seeking student. Up to 12 credit hours taken as a non-degree seeking student can be applied to the degree program upon admission. Exceptions to the application deadlines may be possible. Please feel free to contact Amber Alexander at or (308) 865-8766 with any questions.

In the absence of any of the above, admission may be granted on a conditional basis. If an applicant does not have a writing sample or academic letters of recommendation they can apply as a non-degree student and take 1-2 courses in the program. This will allow an applicant to produce a graduate-level paper to submit with their application and request a letter of recommendation from a UNK professor. Up to 12 credit hours can be transferred to a degree granting program from non-degree seeking course work. To apply as a non-degree seeking student go to Online Application.