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No matter what your profession, the study of history will improve your ability to think strategically and analytically. From the classical world to current warfare, you will have the opportunity to examine aspects of military, U.S., and world history.
The Department of History & Philosophy offers two options for pursuing a Master of Arts degree in History – a non-thesis option requiring 30 hours, and a thesis option requiring 36 hours. Both options require the student choose a Guided Elective Primary and a Secondary Field. The student must choose from three options for their fields – Military History, U.S. History, or World History.
The History program is offered through the APSU Clarksville Campus and admits for all terms. This degree may be completed online or on campus.

Students must take the following core courses:

  1. HIST 5001 Research Methods
  2. HIST 5043 Historiography
  3. HIST 5029 Graduate Seminar

Students must take 12 or 15 hours in their Primary Field and a corresponding 6 or 9 hours in their Secondary Field. If a student pursues the Thesis option, they will need to complete 6 hours of Thesis Research, either two sections of HIST 5024 in succeeding semesters, or one section of HIST 5030 in one semester. After completing the coursework, the student will take their Comprehensive Examinations and/or Thesis Defense. More detail of these exams and the thesis defense can be found in the Graduate Student Handbook.


Graduate Coordinator
Dr. David R. Snyder

  • Application for admission
  • $45 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (Minimum 2.75 Undergraduate GPA)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • 1500 word writing sample
  • Personal statement
  • Military documents, if applicable

***All Documents should be sent directly to Graduate Admissions.***

Graduate Admissions

Austin Peay State University
Kimbrough, Room 203
P.O. Box 4458
Clarksville TN 37044
Toll Free: (800) 859-4723
Office: (931) 221-7662
Fax: (931) 221-7641

Austin Peay State University’s Department of History and Philosophy reserves the right to deny admissions to prospective  graduate  students on the basis of their academic performance, professional qualifications, and personal conduct.