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The History Department at Boise State University offers a Master of Arts in History and a Master of Applied Historical Research.

The Master of Arts track is geared largely toward those seeking careers within academic settings at all levels, and it culminates in a thesis or a portfolio.

The Master of Applied Historical Research track prepares students for work in the field of public history. This professional degree is geared largely toward those seeking careers outside of traditional academic settings, and it culminates in a project.


Degree Requirements

Master of Arts in History, M.A.
Master of Applied Historical Research, M.A.H.R.

Contact Information

Dr. Lisa McClain
(208) 426-1985
Albertson’s Library
Room, L-180
1910 University Dr., Boise, ID  83725-1925

Admission Requirements

  1. Apply to the Graduate College and satisfy the minimum admissions requirements of the Graduate College. International applicants must satisfy the international admissions requirements.
  2. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning or a degree from a non-U.S. institution of higher education that is judged equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree by the International Admissions Office.
  3. A statement of purpose which addresses the following:
    1. Why you wish to enter the graduate program, your educational and professional goals, which field(s) you would like to study, and why you think Boise State University can serve your needs.
    2. The research area you may wish to explore for your thesis, portfolio, or project.
    3. Any obvious deficiencies in your academic record.
  4. An original, scholarly paper which reflects your abilities as a writer and researcher. The paper should be a minimum of ten pages and should include the full scholarly apparatus, including foot/endnotes and bibliography. Please select a paper that includes an analytical thesis argument and employs evidence to prove that argument.
  5. Official GRE scores.


Research and teaching assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Stipends range from approximately $9,000 to $10,000 and include a full fee waiver. All new applicants who apply on or before January 15 are automatically considered for assistantships.

Application and Materials Deadlines

Fall Semester: April 1
Spring Semester: September 15