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History - Master's Degree Programs

Interdisciplinary cooperation across the Laramie campus. Renowned visiting scholars and guest lecturers from around the world. Outstanding research facilities nearby. The University of Wyoming’s history master’s degree program offers a supportive academic environment for pursuing research questions in a variety of specializations and methodologies. The result is an engaging master’s degree program offering a global perspective on history.

About History at UW

Rooted in the rich history of people and cultures in and around Laramie, Wyoming, UW has been strongly resilient since 1886. Here you’ll have diverse opportunities to explore comparative themes in social, cultural and global history, with an emphasis on the American West in a global context. Led by an internationally recognized faculty, UW’s master’s in history program focuses on research-informed teaching. This means our classes are as energetic — and varied — as our research pursuits.

To help our graduate students fund their own research, graduate assistantships cover part of or all of their tuition and fees while providing hands-on teaching experience. If you’re interested in earning your master’s in teaching degree in history, graduate assistantships are especially valuable for gaining experience in the classroom while teaching core history classes to undergraduate students.

Quick Facts

Degree Type: Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

Resident Tuition: $299/credit hour

Non-resident Tuition: $894/credit hour

History Department

100% of UW history master’s graduates who have applied to Ph.D. programs over the past five years have been successfully placed with institutions across the country. They have gone on to earn their doctoral degree from Arizona State University, Tulane University, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, University of Wisconsin and The Ohio State University — just to name a few.

History Master’s Degree Program Highlights

Recently ranked a “Best Value for the Money” by College Factual, UW’s history department offers one of the best graduate programs for history in the country. Here are just a few reasons to consider earning your master of teaching or master’s degree in history from the University of Wyoming:

Faculty-practitioners. Our medium-size department allows you to interact and work closely with faculty in the classroom and in the field. We are active researchers who are publishing in a variety of top peer-reviewed journals and academic presses. Our areas of expertise span the globe, from Western and Modern U.S. history to Native American and Atlantic World history to Modern Africa and Modern Europe history.

Graduate research. In addition to opportunities to participate in research, UW’s master’s in history program teaches you how to write grant proposals to earn money for your own extensive research.

Experiential learning. While you earn your history master’s or MAT degree, you can also gain professional experience through internships with museums, archives and state agencies throughout Wyoming. You may also be interested in studying abroad for a broader historical and cultural perspective.

Graduate and professional events. The History Department at the University of Wyoming encourages our graduate students to participate in graduate and professional conferences. History master’s students routinely present at events throughout the region and beyond. Other events are designed to offer you opportunities to present your work, learn about faculty research, network with scholars from other universities and develop professional skills.

Funding opportunities. UW’s history department offers funding opportunities to support your research, teaching and professional development. Opportunities include:

  • Larson-McGee Fellowships
  • History Department scholarships
  • Graduate assistantships
  • Research grants

What Can You Do With a History Master’s Degree?

UW graduates with history master’s and MAT degrees are in high demand. Master’s of history jobs can be found in many industries, from education to hospitality to media.

History Careers

With a master’s in teaching or history master’s degree from UW, you could discover a variety of career pathways open to you. These are a few examples of master’s of history jobs:

  • Historian
  • History Professor or Teacher
  • Museum Curator
  • Archivist
  • Librarian

Amazing Stories From History Graduate Students

"My time at UW was one of the most important experiences of my life. I had the immense privilege of working with faculty and graduate students of extremely high caliber. I still keep in touch with my cohort and my mentors, and consider my time in the UW History Department to be a valuable component of my growth as a scholar and a person."

Examples of History Degree Program Courses

The graduate program in history at UW combines coursework in United States, U.S. Western, and Native American history with topics in Modern Europe and Modern Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Central and East Asia history. These are just some of the classes you might take as a history graduate student at the University of Wyoming:

  • Nazi Germany and the Holocaust
  • Human Rights and Crimes Against Humanity
  • Ecological Imperialism

View the full Master of Arts in History degree program curriculum.

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