About Our Program  

The Master of Arts in History requires 37 semester hours (12 courses + Comprehensive Exam). 

Students applying for admission to the Master of Arts in History should have some background in history, though not necessarily a BA in the subject. 

Our program prepares students for a wide variety of professions, including teaching, government service, museum and archive management, and historic preservation, as well as further degree work in history, law, librarianship and business.

The department encourages applications from individuals of any age interested in resuming their education.Graduate students in history develop skills in critical thinking, writing and independent research. The department expects that students graduating with an MA in History will master the following general skills for their degrees:

  • the ability to pursue independent historical research projects
  • the ability to analyze historiographical arguments
  • the ability to analyze primary documents and develop arguments from them
  • the ability to create bibliographies using archival, library and Internet resources
  • the ability to write in a variety of formats, including historiographical essays
  • book reviews and research papers

The CU Denver History Department offers a Master of Arts degree requiring 37 credit hours.


MA Plans of Study

Thesis  No Thesis 

Public History with a Thesis  Public History with a Project

Curriculum Development


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