Master'sHistory - Thesis Program in Local and Community History

The Master of Arts (MA) in History—thesis program in local and community history—from Wichita State promotes the study of regions, cities, neighborhoods, institutions and organizations. The program equips you with the skills to study these topics in the Wichita area and integrates a traditional history curriculum with specialized classes, applied coursework and field experiences.

Learn how History - Thesis Program in Local and Community History is the right fit for you.

Students studying as a group.

Applied learning at Wichita State

At Wichita State, applied learning is everything. In fact, every degree we offer has a guaranteed applied learning or research experience built right into it equipping you with the relevant skills and experience to make you workforce ready before graduation.

Admission to the program

  • Have an undergraduate degree in history or minimum of 18 hours in history
  • Have minimum 2.75 GPA in all undergrad hours and 3.0 GPA in history courses
  • Submit a one-page statement of purpose and writing sample
  • International students: a minimum TOEFL score of 600 paper-based, or 100 internet-based, or and overall band score of 7.5 on the IELTS, or a score of 73 on the PTE-Academic

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Inside the Program

History Department helps create the Original Pizza Hut Museum

History students have the opportunity to help perserve local history.

Two Wichita State students, brothers Dan and Frank Carney, started the Pizza Hut business in 1958. The restaurant has since become one of the biggest pizza chains in the world. The original building resides at Wichita State as a museum.

History Department Chair Jay Price put the Pizza Hut's story into a local context and think about ways the Carney story helps explain the spirit of entrepreneurship in Wichita.

The museum is now open to the public, and many current Wichita State students serve as docents.


The 34-credit-hour program includes core classes, a comprehensive examination and a thesis.

Students may select from the following areas for their comprehensive examinations:

  • U.S. History
  • The Ancient and Medieval Worlds
  • Modern Europe
  • Local and Community History


A degree in history from Wichita State is great preparation for advanced study in law, political science, history, communications, library science and many other degrees. Graduates have a strong foundation of knowledge for careers in politics, education, the military, foreign service, business and more.