MA in History

Program overview

The Department of History offers the master's degree with coursework in five culture areas: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and United States.

Our master's students pursue successful professional careers or continue their education in a wide variety of academic disciplines. Past master's students have gone on to undertake PhD's at prestigious domestic and international institutions, have entered high-ranked law programs or have taken appointments with government departments such as the DIA, FEMA and the State Department.

Master's students may pursue one of three options: the Report Option, Thesis Option, or Public History Option. A fully online MA is available for the Report Option as well.

Students wishing to pursue the PhD in Atlantic History must make a separate application to the doctorate upon completing their master's. There are also several combined MA/PhD programs.

Degree options

Please consult the FIU Catalog for the most complete and accurate degree description and requirements. Select the year, then Graduate, then Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, then History for more information.

  • A total of 30 semester-hours of coursework are required.
  • The course Historical Methods (HIS 6059).
  • Students select their courses in consultation with the Graduate Program Director or appropriate Graduate Faculty member.
  • All courses must be taken in the Department of History at FIU or otherwise in consultation with the graduate program director.
  • Students must complete one two-semester research seminar (6 credits). The paper produced in this seminar serves to satisfy the report option requirement so long as it is judged to be outstanding according to the department's criteria (currently a grade of A- or A on the paper).
  • Students whose paper earns less than an A- must revise the paper produced in the seminar and submit it to the Graduate Committee for final approval.
  • Students planning on graduating in the same semester as they present their report should communicate their deliberations to the supervising faculty member to ensure enough time for revisions if any are necessary.

Currently this is the only option available fully online.


The application and review process takes place once a year for admission in the Fall semester. Requirements for admission into the program are the same regardless of the degree option selected. The master's application deadline is February 1 every year.