Graduate Study

Master of Arts in History

Louisiana Tech University offers the MA degree in history to qualified applicants. Students may pursue the degree in a traditional, on-campus setting, or online through our Global Campus Initiative. The graduate program in history is designed to train postgraduate students in the knowledge and skills necessary to the professional practice of history,

  • as preparation for further study (especially the Ph.D. in history),
  • for employment or advancement in fields in which such skills are desirable, and
  • for personal cultural enrichment.

Combined with a teacher certification program, the MA in history is excellent preparation for teaching social studies at the secondary level. Students may pursue the MA in fields of concentration that correspond with the areas of specializaton of the members of the faculty of the Department of History. For a list of specializations of our faculty, please see the faculty page.

Once accepted into the program, students will work with the Director of Graduate Studies to develop a plan of study that fits their interests and the areas of concentration offered by the Department of History.

Special Resources

In addition to substantial book and periodical holdings in the field of history, Prescott Memorial Library possesses rich materials for historical research in its Regional Government Documents Depository; its Department of Special Collections, Manuscripts, and Archives; and its American Foreign Policy Center. The McGinty Trust provides financial support to the Department of History for graduate and undergraduate scholarships, lecture series and symposia, library collection development, and other enhancements. The department houses the McGinty Chair in History and publishes the McGinty Monograph Series and other scholarly works in the field of Louisiana history.

Institutional Collaborations

The Department of History maintains a Collaborative Agreement with the University of Louisiana at Monroe and a Cooperative Agreement with Louisiana State University-Shreveport. In addition, Louisiana Tech University permits cross-registration in graduate courses with Grambling State University, under the Interinstitutional Cooperation Program (ICP). Students enrolled in the MA program in history at Louisiana Tech enjoy access to the graduate faculty and library facilities of all collaborating institutions. Details of these agreements are available from the department office.