Immerse yourself in the directed study of topics in U.S. history while earning your M.A. in U.S. History from Adams State University. Students who choose the U.S. History emphasis learn a variety of methods that historians use to understand the past while honing their research, writing and critical-thinking skills.

The degree is delivered through a combination of online and in-person courses. It provides an advanced understanding of historiography through intense surveys of state and national phenomenon, including the relationships among geography, culture, and political theory.

For secondary education teachers, the degree is a step towards meeting the ‘highly qualified’ status under NCLB. It also provides students with the skills and qualifications necessary to pursue admission to PhD programs if they choose.

Admissions Requirements

  1. Complete the online application for admission
  2. Pay the $30 application fee at time of application
  3. Submit ALL supplemental admission documents at time of application or through the Self Service Center after application submission
    • These documents include:
      • Letter of intent – describing interests, background, the emphasis of interest, and professional goals. The letter will be used to assess writing skills for eligibility into the program.
      • Two (2) letters of recommendation. Recommenders will be sent an automatic email to complete this online letter of recommendation submission during time of application. Please have recommenders’ first names, last names, and emails at time of application.
  4. Send ALL official transcripts from previously attended institutions.

Transcripts from ASU need not be requested. Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted. Please have all official transcripts sent to: (for electronic official transcripts)


Adams State University
Office of Graduate Studies
208 Edgemont Blvd., Suite 2300
Alamosa, CO 81101

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