Graduate Programs

studentsAt the graduate level, the MTSU History Department offers the following degrees. To view the degree requirements and learn more, click on the desired degree. 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. Students interested in public history may also contact the department's Director of Public History, Dr. Lisa Pruitt, by email at, or by phone at 615-898-2501. 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.

Directory of Current Graduate Students

Master of Arts in History
M.A. Application Procedures
M.A. History Major Student Handbook

Master of Arts with Concentration in Public History
M.A. Application Procedures
M.A. Public History Student Handbook

Certificates of Advanced Study in Public History

Ph.D. in Public History
Ph.D. Public History Student Handbook

Graduate Assistantships: To help support students pursuing graduate study, the Department of History offers a number of graduate assistantships at both the M.A. and the Ph.D. levels. These assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis, and are renewable for up to two years for M.A. assistantships, and up to three years for Ph.D. assistantships. Graduate assistants receive a tuition waiver plus a stipend to cover living expenses. In return, graduate assistants work a maximum of 20 hours a week during the semester on an assignment determined by the History Department. These assignments include work as teaching assistants, research assistants, and other duties related to the ongoing work of the Department and our on-campus partners. To apply for a graduate assistantship with the History Department, complete the College of Graduate Studies' Graduate Assistantship Application, and submit it to the Department of History along with the rest of your application.

Many M.A. and Ph.D students in the History Department also work as research fellows, graduate assistants, and hourly employees for MTSU's Center for Historic Preservation. The Center has a separate application and review process for these positions. You can read full descriptions of these opportunities on the Center's Academic Opportunities page and download the Center's Application for Student Academic Support. We urge students applying for a graduate assistantship with the History Department to apply to the Center as well.

Please visit this page for more information on History Department scholarships.

For additional information see MTSU Graduate Catalog.

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