12 months
1187 USD/credit 42732 USD/year
1109 USD/credit 39924 USD/year
468 USD/credit 16848 USD/year
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Studying our past can be key in helping us tackle the issues we face now and in the future. With a master's in History from The University of Alabama at Birminghamyou can learn skills that can take you far in careers such as business, medicine, law, historical preservation, and more.


To begin, we want to get you started conducting research with faculty as soon as possible. We'll expose you to a wide variety of topics, from classical antiquity to post-war Europe, and geographic specializations such as the U.S., Asia, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East.

 In addition to your coursework, you'll choose one of two concentrations. Plan I (thesis option) requires that you write a thesis based on original research. Your 36 credit hours will include two core courses and two elective courses, as well as three seminars regarding U.S. history plus three seminars about non-U.S. history. We recommend this plan if you intend to one day pursue a Ph.D. Plan II (non-thesis option) requires you to take an extra elective in addition to the rest of your coursework. This is the better plan for you if you would like to one day become a teacher.

The graduate History program from The University of Alabama at Birmingham provides students an opportunity to work closely with faculty who are active research scholars in a wide variety of fields.

Fast Facts:

  • Students are eligible for the Joseph Dudley and Helen H. Sutter Scholarship in Southern History as well as the David Hart White Prize in History.
  • Graduates work as educators, archivists, editors, and directors of historic sites in Birmingham, such as Sloss Furnaces and Rickwood Field.

Programme Structure


  • Historiography
  • Historical Research and Writing
  • Thesis Research
  • Seminar in the Civil War Period
  • Seminar in Modern Europe
  • Seminar in Russian/Soviet History

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete and submit online application.
  • Please ask the individuals from whom you request references to submit them online via the Apply Yourself system. Electronic submission is the preferred method. However, if your referees prefer to mail a recommendation letter, it should be mailed to the address of the department or program to which you are applying.
  • Submit official TOEFL test score (for international applicants only)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    42732 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1187 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    39924 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1109 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    16848 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 468 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Birmingham

1019 - 1648 USD /month
Living costs

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


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