Prepare for a dynamic career in history

A master’s degree program in history teaches you to interpret historical evidence, connect events and ideas, think critically and communicate effectively. Through this engaging graduate program, you will benefit from quality instruction and mentorship from UNK history faculty who care about your academic and professional success. A combination of history coursework and research along with opportunities to collaborate and network will prepare you to excel in your career.

The program includes thesis, non-thesis or public history options to fit your interests, whether for positions in education, business, law, government or further graduate studies.

Prerequisites: A bachelor’s degree with at least 18 hours of history

Career Opportunities

  • History Researcher
  • Public Historian
  • Museum Curator
  • Museum Director
  • Library Archivist
  • Government Historian
  • Community College Instructor
  • Lecturer
  • Political Analyst
  • Consultant
  • Historical Interpreter
  • Historical Preservationist
  • Community Historian
  • Oral Historian
  • Cultural Resource Manager
"My experiences in the program have been amazing. I literally could not think of a better program for me. The professors, the other graduate students are very helpful and supportive. If they're going to critique you, they do it always constructively. They always are there to help you. I know I can go to any professor in the department with a question and they're readily available to help me, they want to help me."

Meredith Underwood

History M.A.

Benefits of a Master's Degree

A graduate degree helps you advance your career by qualifying for higher positions with additional leadership opportunities. The median salary for those with master’s degrees is 16% higher than for those with an undergraduate degree, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.