Graduate Program in History

Whether you want to work in public history, hone your craft as a secondary school teacher, or pursue a career in research, the University of Nevada, Reno Department of History has the right program for you. A Carnegie R-1 institution, the University of Nevada, Reno offers M.A., M.A.T., and Ph.D. degrees in history, as well as a graduate certificate program. Students in each of these tracks will work closely with our award-winning faculty as they develop expertise and research projects in the fields of their choice. Our specializations include the histories of the United States, Nevada and the West, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa, transnational connections, science and medicine, and the environment. We also train students in cutting-edge approaches to digital history and museum studies through our Shared History program and support the professional development of educators through our M.A.T. program.

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M.A. program

The M.A. in history program supports students who want to expand their knowledge of the historical discipline, while practicing critical investigation through research and writing.

For program requirements, review the M.A. Program at a Glance or the Graduate Handbook.

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M.A.T. program

The M.A.T. in history is ideal for secondary teachers of social studies and history who want to expand their knowledge in a specific historical field. We offer coursework and advising that you can easily combine with a current career in the classroom. We will provide you with opportunities to collaborate with faculty in the College of Education and Human Development and help guide you through constructing a historically innovative unit of curriculum that you can take into the classroom. Note that this degree program does not lead to a Nevada public schools teaching certificate for grades K-12, since prospective students generally already have this credential when they apply.

For program requirements, review the M.A.T. Program at a Glance or the Graduate Handbook.

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Ph.D. program

Our Ph.D. in history program allows advanced graduate students to sharpen their historical understanding and research skills alongside award-winning faculty. Ph.D. candidates work on original and innovative research and writing in their chosen field of study that culminates in a dissertation.

For program requirements, review the Ph.D. program at a glance or the Graduate Handbook.

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Graduate certificate program

The 12-unit program is designed for, but not limited to, classroom teachers in social studies seeking advanced preparation in specific history content areas. Students will improve their professional preparation by expanding knowledge of content areas and research and writing skills, selecting areas of study linked to their professional goals. The program has been designed to expand the ability of teachers to instruct across the curriculum based upon the district standards.

For program requirements, review the Graduate Handbook.