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Graduate Program Brochure

General Information for All Graduate Students

1. Student Responsibilities

Each student must take responsibility for learning the degree requirements set forth by the Department of History and Texas A&M University. Students shall:

  1. know specific degree requirements as established by the University Office of Graduate Studies (OGAPS) and the history department;
  2. acquaint themselves with the Texas A&M University Student Rules (available on the website;
  3. enroll in appropriate course work to complete their degree;
  4. maintain the appropriate standards to continue in graduate studies. Meeting deadlines for submitting required forms and the fulfillment of all course obligations remain the student’s responsibility solely.

2. Graduate Catalog

All graduate students should familiarize themselves with the online Texas A&M University Graduate Catalog ( The catalog provides a comprehensive overview of the University regulations and requirements governing all graduate students enrolled at Texas A&M University (TAMU).

3. Scholastic Requirements

A minimum of 24 semester credit hours of history is required for admission to the history department’s graduate program, including 12 hours of upper level undergraduate courses. Students cannot officially enter the doctoral program until they have completed their MA degree. Students who have completed the MA degree must file a “Letter of Intent” in order to transition to the PhD degree program.

All graduate students enrolled at TAMU must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (B average based on a 4.0 scale) for all courses listed on their degree plan. Students at TAMU receive grades of A, B, C, D, or F for their course work. In graduate school, a “C” or below denotes poor academic performance.

During the fall and spring semesters, 9 hours of coursework is necessary for full time status.  A graduate student may register for a maximum of 15 hours. The dean’s office in the College of Liberal Arts can approve (and register) a student for 18 hours (fall/spring), 9 hours (5-week summer sessions), and 15 hours (10-week session). A graduate student may register for a maximum of 6 hours during the summer. For more summer hours, follow the process outlined above.

4. Residency Requirements and Continuous Registration

The residency requirement for a graduate degree at TAMU ensures that students have an opportunity to benefit from the advantages of a university environment. Students who enter graduate school with a baccalaureate degree must spend one academic year plus one semester in resident study at TAMU. Students who hold a master’s degree when they enter the doctoral program must spend one academic year in resident study. Doctoral candidates must spend at least one year and one semester in residence at TAMU. One academic year may include two adjacent regular semesters or one regular semester and one adjacent 10-week summer semester. Students must enroll in a minimum of 9 credit hours each semester to satisfy the residency requirement.

TAMU requires continuous registration during the fall and spring semesters for students who have completed their course work other than 691 research hours. (Note, you do not have to register in the summer sessions.) The continuous registration requirement may be satisfied by registering either In Absentia or In Residence. If you register In Absentia, you will not be able to use the TAMU facilities (including the library). See the graduate catalog for full details on registering In Absentia. Registering In Residence gives you full access to TAMU resources. Under some circumstances, graduate students who have completed all degree requirements may maintain continuous enrolment by registering for one (1) hour of HIST 691 each major semester.

Students who do not remain in continuous enrollment will be blocked from registration, and will not be allowed to take their exams.

5. Graduate Certificate Programs

TAMU offers a number of optional Graduate Certification programs that students may complete as their minor field. These programs take an interdisciplinary approach to graduate study. The Graduate Catalog has general information regarding the certificate programs. An example of different Graduate Certificate Programs relevant to history students include: Certificate in Historic Preservation, the Women’s Studies Certificate, and The Bush School Certificate in Advanced International Affairs.