History, MA


  • The application deadline for Fall 2019 admission is January 15, 2019.

The Master of Arts Program in History offers students a rigorous yet flexible program of study in the field of history. Rather than being merely a collection of courses, the History MA degree at UMass Boston requires intense commitment to historical scholarship and practice. The MA serves as a terminal degree for students seeking exposure to historical study before entering a variety of careers, as well as a preparatory degree for those interested in pursuing a PhD at another institution.

The History MA program is designed to enhance the research, writing, and analytical skills of students, as well as provide a broad and advanced background in history content. Our graduates have gone on to a variety of jobs, including high-school teachers, college history professors, museum professionals, archivists, public historians, and writers.

UMass Boston is an urban, public, research university – the only public university in Boston. Our location affords students access to a wide variety of archives, libraries, museums, and historical sites. The university sits on Columbia Point, which it shares with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, the Massachusetts State Archives, and the Commonwealth Museum. As part of its overall mission, the UMass Boston History Department places great emphasis on bringing history to the broader public.

All courses in the History MA program are taught by full-time UMass Boston History faculty. Course times for graduate classes are generally in the late afternoon and early evening to accommodate working students and those with other obligations. All graduate classes are taught as small seminars with no more than 15 students per class. The course offerings cover a wide variety of U.S., European, and non-Western topics, allowing students to sample a range of historical topics. The History MA program also offers a completely online MA. Online courses are also available to students enrolled in the traditional History MA program.

Students earning a Master of Arts in History have the option of choosing from the following three tracks:

Choosing one of these tracks gives students the option to concentrate on specialized training for particular professional paths. However all students, regardless of their track, will receive a firm foundation in the craft and methods of history. All students, regardless of their track, will receive a History MA degree.

Each track has specific requirements. Students should familiarize themselves with the requirements for the track in which they are registered. In addition to these three tracks in the MA program, the History Department also offers a Certificate in Archives. The Certificate is not an MA degree, but it can be earned while also earning a History MA

To learn more about each track and the Master of Arts in History, click on the links on the left. 

For additional resources for History MA graduate students, as well as postings about internships, job openings, and public events, go here.