The History program from University of North Carolina Wilmington enjoys an excellent record of placing its graduates into history-related jobs and selective doctoral programs.

Finally, the innovative online M.A. program for professional history educators serves the career needs of experienced teachers, museum educators, librarians, and archivists who seek to augment their knowledge of history itself rather than pursue a graduate education degree.

Outstanding Teaching and Mentorship

The History Department at UNCW has built an outstanding reputation for exceptional teaching and dedicated mentorship. The members of the History faculty come to the university from many of the nation's best universities and are known internationally as productive and innovative scholars. Perhaps more importantly, they pride themselves on the attention they devote to their students and the intellectual and professional guidance they offer to those who work under their direction.

Programme Structure

Concentrations available:

  • U.S. History
  • European History
  • Global History
  • Public History

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • One official transcript is required from each U.S. post-secondary institution attended.
  • (Official test scores should be sent to the Graduate School no less than four weeks prior to the published program deadline. Test scores more than five years old at the time of application will not be considered.)
  • 3 recommendations to be submitted through the online application system, with at least 2 of the recommendations being from academics
  • Essay - 250 word essay describing your interest in studying history as a graduate student at UNCW
  • Separate Writing Sample (Research paper preferred)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2318 USD/credit
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  • National

    589 USD/credit
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Living costs for Wilmington

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Financial assistance is available to most students in the form of Graduate Teaching Assistantships, tuition remissions for out-of-state students, Graduate Tuition Scholarships, and a number of named scholarships open only to students in the History Department. Funds are also available to support student research and conference travel. For more information, see Funding and Support.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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