Master of Arts in History of Ideas


The Master of Arts in History of Ideas degree program is designed both for individuals wishing to enhance their knowledge of the history of thought and culture and the skills for studying it, and for those intending to pursue a doctorate in a related field. Students seeking the MA in History of Ideas may thus elect a professional option or a research option. Students with plans for doctoral study should choose the research option. The research option requires students to demonstrate proficiency in an approved foreign language and to complete a portfolio.

Students concentrate on the study of philosophy and intellectual and cultural history, with a focus on modern Europe and America.

History of Ideas is an interdisciplinary program of study, so students take the majority of their coursework in History of Ideas courses, but must also take two seminars each in both Literature and Visual and Performing Arts.

Career Options

Graduates of the program seek positions such as: teacher/educator, historian, researcher, historical site/museum curator, public history administrator, public policy administrator, archivist, writer and manager for public and private historical organizations. Career settings may include higher education, non-profits, cultural and historical organizations, government agencies, international development organizations, museums and archives, business/corporate entities and independent consulting.

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: The minimum requirement for admission to any master's degree program at UT Dallas is an earned UT Dallas baccalaureate degree or its equivalent with a grade average of B or better in upper-division (junior and senior level) work in the student's major field and related fields.

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.