Graduate study in the Department of History prepares students for careers in teaching and scholarship. We expect our Ph.D. graduates to assume academic positions at accredited colleges and universities where they will be excellent classroom teachers and productive research scholars. In addition to the Ph.D., the department has long offered the M.A. degree. M.A. graduates typically pursue admission to a Ph.D. program. Some M.A. graduates go on to careers in secondary education, public history, museum work, law, journalism, or government service.
A two-year Master of Arts degree designed to acquaint students with the methods and skills of the historical profession, the program engages young historians with research-intensive seminars taught by faculty renowned for their excellence in graduate education.
With specializations available in European, United States, and Latin American history, the variety of past thesis topics demonstrates the breadth of the M.A. program. Especially strong in the areas of twentieth century U.S.; American religion, church and state, Texas, Public, Women's, French, Civil Rights, German, Oral, Latin American, Medieval, and Diplomatic history, the flexibility of the 30-hour program gives students maximum exposure to diverse fields of study.
The history Ph.D. program at Baylor focuses on the study of religion and American culture as well as religion and culture in the English-speaking North Atlantic. The department accepts 2-3 highly qualified students per year who have interests in these areas. History Ph.D. students at Baylor study on a campus where the focus on religion cuts across disciplines and departments. With Ph.D. degrees in religion, the sociology of religion, philosophy, political science, religion and literature, and church-state studies, Baylor provides history graduate students a wealth of cross-disciplinary opportunities for intellectual enrichment within their areas of interest.
In addition to these departments Baylor has a variety of institutes and centers that also focus on various aspects of religion: Institute for the Study of Religion, Institute for Faith and Learning, Institute of Church-State Studies, Institute for Oral History, the Center for Christian Ethics, and others. History Ph.D. students at Baylor, focusing as they do on the study of religion and culture, enjoy a wealth of opportunities unimaginable at other universities.
A history dissertation or thesis should include:
Students should provide the department with two thesis copies, one of which printed on bond paper. You can also see a list of Past Theses which include the author, subject of the thesis, the date and area of concentration.See the Dissertation and Thesis Guidelines for information on Dissertation/Thesis formatting and processing.
Verify all semester deadlines
File for graduation and complete exit survey
Plan defense with your director
Attend thesis workshop (watch your email for the dates each semester)
Do your best to have your thesis formatted according to the guidelines before your preliminary review
Schedule preliminary review with Sandra Harman at the Graduate School (Sandra_Harman@baylor.edu) at least 2 weeks prior to defense. Bring the following items to your review:
- All preliminary pages
- A 3-4 page sample of the body of your thesis
- Any pages that include tables, maps, or images
Submit a defense announcement to the Graduate School at least 10 days prior to defense:
Suggested forms to bring to defense (if you can get these all signed at the defense it will save you a good bit of time!)
- Two copies of your signature page (Signature Forms can be found here).
- Two copies of the Thesis Copyright and Availability Form
- Result of your Oral Examination Form:
Within 10 days after your defense you need to submit your entire PDF to Sandra Harman via email. This will include:
- Abstract Page
- Unsigned signature page
- Copyright Page
- Table of Contents
- Thesis Body
- Any appendices
You also need to submit a scanned copy of the signed signature page and signed Thesis Copyright and Availability Form via email to Sandra_Harman@baylor.edu. She will notify you of any revisions needed. Upon fixing those you need to turn in the following documents to Sandra Harman:
At the same time you need to turn in these documents into the Graduate School:
- Results of Oral Examination Form
- Change of grade for Thesis Hours Form, for all thesis hours
- Result of Foreign Language Examination (even if you took your language at Baylor)
Sandra Harman will notify you that you are clear to submit to Beardocs. Please follow these instructions.