The M.A. Program
The Ph.D. Program (in U.S. and Latin American history)
Please note that this information is excerpted from the Graduate Guide; for more detailed information on the M.A. and Ph.D. programs, please read the Graduate Guide in full.
The M.A. Program
The TCU History Department offers Masters' fields in Asia, Early Modern Europe, Modern Europe, Latin America, United States, Military, and Women's History. Students may, with the permission of the History Graduate Committee, devise fields to meet their individual objectives.
MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENT
The requirements for the M.A. degree are a total of 30 hours of coursework, including at least three seminars (70000 or 80000 level), HIST 50960 Historiography and Bibliography, and 6 hours of thesis (History 70980 and 70990, each taken in a 3-hour block). Students must take at least one 80000-level research seminar in the first year of their program, unless exempted by the major advisor. Students must complete all work for the M.A., including the thesis, within five years from the date of first enrollment.
Students pursuing the M.A. degree must select one of the following plans of course work. (Note: HIST 70980 and 70990 thesis hours count towards the major field, while HIST 50960 counts toward the minor field.)
- Thirty hours of history, 9 of which must be selected from outside the student's major field (for example, 21 hours of American history, including the thesis, and 9 hours of European history).
- Twenty-one hours of history and 9 hours from an approved discipline outside the history department (for example, 21 hours of American history [including the thesis] and 9 hours of graduate coursework in American literature).
- Twenty-one hours of history and 9 hours from approved courses in a related field or fields outside the history department (for example, 21 hours of American history [including the thesis], and 9 hours of graduate coursework distributed as follows: 3 hours in American literature, 3 hours in American religion, and 3 hours in American art).
A graduate student cannot take more than 33 hours of coursework unless that student has completed the M.A. thesis and been accepted to the PhD program in history at TCU or has written permission from the graduate committee.
THE M.A. THESIS
The areas in which a master's candidate may write a thesis are Asia, Early Modern Europe, Modern Europe (with an emphasis in France or Britain), Latin America, United States, Military, and Women's History.
The student must secure a Major Professor; then the student and advisor must agree on the thesis subject. The student should report the thesis topic to the Graduate Committee. The Major Professor will determine procedure, such as whether the advisor wishes to receive the student's work one chapter at a time or the complete draft.
The final requirement in the M.A. program is defense of the M.A. thesis in an oral examination conducted by the student's M.A. committee. This exam tests the student's ability to defend the contents and conclusions of the thesis. Following the examination, the Graduate Committee members review the student's entire graduate record. If, in their opinion, the student should not attempt advanced graduate work, they shall recommend in writing that the M.A. be a terminal degree.
The M.A. degree must be completed within five years from initial matriculation. Students pursing a terminal M.A. degree are limited to two years of financial aid from the History Department.
The Ph.D Program
The TCU History Department offers Ph.D. fields in United States and Latin American History. Students may, with the permission of the History Graduate Committee, devise fields to meet their individual objectives. For more information on the details of the Ph.D. program, please see the Graduate Guide.
Students entering the Ph.D. program with a bachelor's degree must complete the M.A. in history en route to the Ph.D. For admission to the doctoral program, students must present a strong record at the M.A. level. Even though a student has earned the M.A. degree at TCU, he or she must apply for admission to the doctoral program. New students must submit letters of recommendation and GRE scores with all other required materials.
The Ph.D. program requires mastery of history in certain fields demonstrated by completing at least 30 credit hours of course work beyond the M.A. (not including thesis or dissertation hours), passing exams in the testable minor fields, meeting the requirements of the non-testable minor field, and passing written and oral major field examinations. A Ph.D. student must take the following courses at TCU if not already completed in previous graduate work: 50960 (Historiography and Bibliography) and 80083 (History as an Academic Profession).
Students who have taken similar courses at other institutions may petition the graduate committee for a waiver. Ph.D. students must take at least one 80000-level research seminar in the first year of their program, unless exempted by the major advisor. In total, they must complete at least six 70000 or 80000-level seminars before taking qualifying exams. This should be regarded as a minimum as the Graduate Committee recommends that students take as many 70000 and 80000-level courses as possible.
Doctoral students must complete at least one year of full-time study in residence, which is defined as a course load of 9 graduate hours per semester during a regular fall-spring semester sequence. All students receiving financial aid must be in residence. Full-time students receiving full financial aid (tuition waiver and stipend) may hold outside employment only with the written consent of AddRan's Associate Dean for Graduate Studies.
THE PH.D. REQUIREMENTS
The Ph.D. program requires mastery of history in certain fields demonstrated by completing at least 54 credit hours (not including dissertation hours), satisfying a language requirement, passing testable and non-testable supporting fields, passing written and oral major field examinations, as well as writing and defending orally a dissertation that represents an original contribution to historical knowledge. For more information on these requirements, see the Graduate Guide.
AREAS OF STUDY
Full-time graduate students must decide on an area of specialization by the beginning of their third semester and secure the approval of a faculty member who will serve as their major professor. The student must determine, in consultation with the major professor, three minor fields (two testable and one non-testable) as well as the foreign language necessary for research in this field. The student will form a committee of four to five members, with at least one specialist form each of his or her chosen major and testable minor fields.
Each student must choose one the following major fields:
For minor and supporting fields, please see the Graduate Guide.
The Graduate Advisor oversees registration for History graduate students, acts as advisor to all new students until they secure Major Professors, generally advises all students regarding procedural matters, maintains departmental records of students' progress, and has on hand most of the forms required by the Department and the Graduate School. Since student registration is through electronic means, the student is responsible for the actual process of registering for class.
At the beginning of the fall semester, prior to registration, there will be a mandatory meeting of all graduate students. Before enrolling, new graduate students must consult with the Graduate History Advisor concerning their graduate program. The Graduate Advisor oversees registration for History graduate students, acts as advisor to all new students until they secure Major Professors, generally advises all students regarding procedural matters, maintains departmental records of students' progress, and has on hand most of the forms required by the Department and the Graduate School. New graduate students must see the Graduate Advisor prior to registering for classes each semester. Returning graduate students should consult with their major professor at the beginning of each semester.
See the Graduate Guide for more information on typical semester course loads, audits, the selection of an advisory committee, and other important steps along the course of your graduate study.