Master's Degree in History

Department of History

Degree: Master of Arts
Major: History
Hours: 30 (thesis), 36 (non-thesis)

History Master's Degree

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Degree Description

The Lamar University Master of Arts Degree in History will deepen your knowledge of history through analyzing scholarship and then writing and defending your own scholarly ideas. You'll study with a unique group of teacher-scholars who'll impart their knowledge of history and current trends in the discipline but will also give you the research, writing and critical-thinking skills to work in a variety of fields where today’s real world meets meaningful interpretations of the past.

Why Study History at Lamar?

The Master of Arts Degree in History at Lamar University sets you up for a career as an archivist, editor, educator, information manager, journalist, records manager, researcher or historian for corporations and nonprofits. The curriculum for this program advances the applications and relevancy of history while strengthening research and writing skills. Your program will culminate in a thesis and defense or an oral defense of your coursework.

Career Paths

An M.A. in History can open a variety of doors to exciting and rewarding careers. Many of our graduates have gone on to careers in secondary and higher education or public history. Others have put the historian’s transferable skills to good use by building careers in state and local government, law and military service or business and industry. Regardless of where you go in the future, you'll leave with new insights into a wide array of historical developments, ideas and personalities, enhancing your understanding of our ever-changing world.

Primary Careers

Teacher, lawyer, library scientist

Career Areas

  • Education
  • Government or public service
  • Business
  • Law
  • Public history
  • Politics

Median Salary


Types of Employers

  • Public and private schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Government agencies
  • Political campaigns
  • Museums and libraries

Meet the Faculty

boone.jpegRebecca Ard Boone, Ph.D.
Chair, Professor

Faculty Member NameJeff Forret, Ph.D.
Professor, Graduate Program Director
mengerink250x250.jpegMark Mengerink, Ph.D.
Associate Professor