The Master of Arts in History at MTSU

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MTSU’s MA in History is a great choice for students planning to pursue Ph.Ds, secondary teachers, professionals seeking a graduate degree, and lifelong learners. 

Our graduates go on to do great things! Recent graduates have gone on to doctoral programs at Columbia, Vanderbilt, and the University of Alabama, among others. Others are successful secondary teachers, community college faculty, and professionals working in diverse fields.

The MTSU History MA program enables students to work closely with faculty mentors and offers excellent training in historical research and writing.  Our students can tailor their programs to suit their specific interests in many fields of history.  Our departmental strengths in Environmental History, African American History, Russian and Soviet History, History of Science and Medicine, Women’s and Gender History, and Warfare and Diplomacy offer a wide range of geographical and thematic options. 

Nationally recognized faculty, close mentorship, afternoon and evening class schedules, and affordable tuition make our program a fantastic choice for full-time students and working professionals alike. 

History MA Program Highlights

  • One-on-one mentoring from nationally recognized faculty
  • Individualized program plans that balance disciplinary training with personal interests and degree goals
  • Afternoon and evening classes accommodate work and family life
  • Affordable tuition and access to the regional Academic Common Market for many out-of-state students
  • Graduate Assistantships and scholarships offered on a competitive basis
  • Opportunities to participate in the Association for Graduate Students in History, which organizes professional development activities and social events
  • Research opportunities with our partner centers—the Albert Gore Research Center, Center for Popular Music, and Center for Historic Preservation

For additional information on our graduate programs in history, please contact the department's Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Ashley Riley Sousa, by email at, or by phone at 615-898-5805. For general inquiries about the graduate program please contact the department's Executive Aide, Victoria Richardson, by email at or by phone at (615) 898-5798.

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