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Graduate Programs

Students in the UMKC History Department’s graduate programs develop an in-depth knowledge of historical scholarship in their areas of interest and master the skills of historical scholarship.

Each student develops a personalized research agenda. They are supported by a community of instructors who are leading scholars in their field.

Master of Arts in History

The Department of History offers two options leading to the Master of Arts degree:

Master of Arts in History

The Department of History offers a traditional M.A. with an academic focus that prepares students for careers in: business and government, education and law, publishing and public service, journalism and citizenship. The emphasis on traditional academics provides rigorous instruction in historical research while developing transferable, professional skills in research, analysis, contextualization, and communication. Requirements and tools for planning your degree can be found in the UMKC Catalogue. For more information, contact the Masters Advisor.

Master of Arts in History with a Public History Emphasis

The Department of History’s M.A. with a Public History Emphasis prepares students for careers in museums, historical organizations, parks, archives, and other cultural institutions. The emphasis combines rigorous instruction in historical research with a practical training in transferable, professional skills. The Public History Emphasis also provides students with several opportunities for real-world work experience, taking advantage of Kansas City’s many historical institutions to offer funded and unfunded internships. Requirements and tools for planning your degree can be found in the UMKC Catalogue. For more information, contact the Director of the Public History Emphasis.

Doctor of Philosophy in History

The Department of History also offers the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in conjunction with the UMKC School of Graduate Studies. History may be studied as a Primary Discipline or a Co-Discipline.