2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 18, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

History MA, Accelerated Graduate Program Track

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College: Arts and Humanities Degree: MA
Department: History Option: Thesis
Program Websites: http://history.cah.ucf.edu/academics/graduate-programs/
Graduate Program Handbook

Track Description

The Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate track in the History MA program allows highly qualified undergraduate majors in history to begin taking graduate-level courses that will count toward their master’s degree while completing their baccalaureate program.

Participation will enable completion of the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in five instead of six years for students enrolled in full-time course work.


The History BA is awarded after completion of 36 hours of history courses and all other university requirements, and the History MA is awarded upon completion of the master’s program. Courses designated in General Education Program and Common Program Prerequisites are usually completed in the first 60 hours (see history major requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog).

The departmental residency requirement is at least 18 semester hours of regularly scheduled 3000- or 4000-level courses taken from the UCF History Department. Students may substitute up to 9 hours of 5000- or 6000-level courses to meet this requirement.

Total Credit Hours Required: 36 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

Additional Notes on the Accelerated Undergraduate and Graduate Program in History

  • Students who change degree programs and select this major must adopt the most current catalog.
  • Students must earn at least a “B-” in each undergraduate and graduate history course for them to be counted toward the major.
  • Students must compile a portfolio of their written work in history (completed inside and outside the classroom).
  • Students admitted to the combined bachelor’s/master’s program may take one 5000-level course the first semester of their senior year.
  • After successfully completing one 5000-level course, students will be eligible to take HIS 6159 - Historiography  and another 5000-level course or the 6000-level seminar following the 5000-level colloquium they have already completed.
  • Students may substitute these 9 hours of graduate-level work for 9 hours of 3000- or 4000-level undergraduate work
  • Students need to pay fees at the graduate rate for the graduate courses they take.

Schedule for Students Enrolled Full-time

  • Students complete 9 hours of graduate-level courses in their senior year.
  • Students enroll in at least 3 credit hours of graduate-level courses the summer after they receive their bachelor’s degree.
  • Students enroll in 9 hours of graduate-level courses in both spring and fall semesters during their master’s program.
  • Students complete the Capstone course, pass their preliminary exams, and fulfill their foreign language requirement by the end of their first year in the master’s program.
  • Students complete and defend a master’s thesis in 6 hours.

Undergraduate Requirements

Please see the current edition of the Undergraduate Catalog.

Graduate Requirements

The History MA program requires a minimum of 36 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, including 12 credit hours of required courses, 18 credit hours in an area of concentration, and six credit hours of electives outside of the area of concentration. Students must pass a foreign language competency test, pass a written examination in two fields, and successfully complete and defend their thesis. No graduate credit is given for any grade lower than “B- .”

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions  section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

The accelerated undergraduate/graduate program in history allows highly qualified undergraduate majors in history to begin taking graduate-level courses that will count toward their master’s degree while completing their baccalaureate degree program. Students apply for admission to the combined undergraduate and graduate program toward the end of their junior year or after 12 hours of upper-level history course work.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements , applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • A 3.5 GPA or higher in history courses.
  • Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
    • NOTE: The GRE has been removed as an admission requirement for this graduate program for applicants applying Spring 2021 through the Fall 2021 term. This is a temporary measure in response to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • An essay indicating reasons for wishing to complete the combined bachelor’s/master’s program.
  • Three letters of recommendation from the History Department faculty.
  • A computer-based score of 233 (or 91 internet-based score) on the Test of English as a Foreign language (TOEFL) if an applicant is from a country where English is not the official language, or if an applicant’s degree is not from an accredited U.S. institution, or if an applicant did not earn a degree in a country where English is the only official language or a university where English is the only official language of instruction. Although we prefer the TOEFL, we will accept IELTS scores of 7.0.

Students will be formally admitted to the master’s program following receipt of the bachelor’s degree.

Application Deadlines

Accelerated Graduate Program in History *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15 Jun 1 Dec 1 Apr 1
International Applicants        
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information  section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Amelia Lyons PhD
Associate Professor
Telephone: 407-823-2225
Trevor Colbourn Hall (TCH) 315B

Graduate Admissions

Mike Burke
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address

UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

Graduate Fellowships

Grad Fellowships
Telephone: 407-823-0127

Graduate Financial Aid

UCF Student Financial Assistance
Millican Hall 120

Telephone: 407-823-2827
Appointment Line: 407-823-5285
Fax: 407-823-5241

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