Delve into the ways our past has shaped our present while building the career you want with a Master of Arts in History from the University of Central Missouri. Engage deeply with the content area and develop sophisticated research methods, honing both your academic and professional skills. UCM’s History master’s degree is designed to support a wide range of career goals.
History graduate degree students at UCM can choose from three academic tracks.
A History graduate degree program that suits your lifestyle
The best history master’s programs recognize that times are always changing. While the University of Central Missouri has offered a History graduate degree for more than 60 years, we have updated our respected program to meet the needs of modern students. UCM enables you to earn your MA in History while balancing your studies with work and family needs by offering classes both online and at our Warrensburg campus. Evening classes and a summer start date are also available.
Flexible in-person or online classes
100% alumni employment rate w/in 6 mos.
Three academic tracks to choose from
Small class sizes for close interactions
Widely published, expert faculty
Personal career advisor
UCM’s History master’s degree program delves into the historiography of topics in U.S. and global history, looking not only at events but also at how historians through the ages have interpreted them.
Whether you take classes remotely or on our Warrensburg campus, you’ll engage with your peers in small, lively graduate seminars and embark on your own independent research. Your ultimate course of study will be determined by which of the three tracks you choose to earn your Master of Arts in History from UCM:
Like all the best history master’s programs, the University of Central Missouri centers around student learning and personalized attention. Both our online and in-person courses focus on experiential learning, giving you the opportunity to engage deeply with the material.
UCM’s hands-on learning approach prepares you for your history career in any specialization. Choose from a range of opportunities suited to your chosen track within the History graduate degree program:
UCM’s Master of Arts in History degree program prepares graduates in each track for a wide range of professions. You’ll be able step onto the path of your choosing with confidence earned from our student-centered teaching, small class sizes and personal career advising.
Many graduates come into the UCM History graduate degree program as secondary school teachers. Earning a History master’s degree prepares our graduate students to teach dual credit and other advanced high school classes, expanding their job opportunities.
100% of the University of Central Missouri’s MA in History degree students are employed in a related field within six months of graduation.
Learn more about MA in History jobs
Earning your master’s degree in History demonstrates well-developed critical-thinking, analytical and communication skills — all traits that are in high demand in the job market. Use our interactive tool below to explore employment and salary trends for job candidates with a History master’s degree.
The University of Central Missouri is committed to providing an affordable, high-quality education. The best history master’s programs should increase your earning potential, not weigh you down with debt. As a History master’s degree student at UCM, you can expect low tuition rates and ample university-wide resources to help finance your college education.
You may also be eligible for program-specific funds, such as:
Use the UCM Scholarship Finder to learn more about program-specific scholarships.
The Pre-Doctoral track will prepare you for a Ph.D. program in history. You will have the opportunity to work closely with a faculty advisor on your thesis and complete a comprehensive exam and a thesis in this track. Careers include
The Applied Public History track will prepare you for a variety of diverse career paths in public history. This track features many hands-on learning opportunities and project-driven courses. The program culminates in an internship with places such as Knob Noster State Park and the Missouri State Archives. To graduate, you will be required to complete an internship and a public history project, as well as a comprehensive exam. Careers include
The Enrichment track is designed for secondary school educators who wish to enrich their knowledge of history so as to improve their classroom experience. This track focuses on more intensive study of historical fields with additional seminars. This track is ideal if you want to study history for intellectual self-fulfillment, to improve your teaching techniques, or for other vocational reasons. It requires at least four seminars and a comprehensive exam to graduate, but no thesis or capstone project. Careers include
In general, we look for History, MA applicants with the following:
Learn about scheduling an interniew, online orientation and more with the History Graduate Handbook.