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History Certificate

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Begin the path toward becoming a history educator.

UMass Boston's Certificate in History provides hands-on, graduate-level training in the study of history. The Certificate is ideal for those with a passion for history who do not have the time or professional need to pursue a full MA. It provides teachers with the subject matter coursework to progress towards professional licensure and renewal of professional licensure. It also offers students an opportunity to determine whether they want to continue their historical study; at any point in the certificate, students may switch into the History MA program. The certificate balances courses on the professional study of history (Research and Methods and Historiography) with three content electives of the student’s choice.

The certificate could be a fit for you if you are: 1) a UMass Boston MEd student looking to fulfill content area requirements or graduate content courses for professional licensure 2) a UMass Boston student already enrolled in an non-History MA program or 3) a teacher with an initial license who needs to complete coursework for professional licensure or for professional development points.

Candidates must meet standards similar to those of the MA program. Once students have completed all required and elective courses, they will be awarded the Certificate.

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How to Apply

Please contact Graduate Program Director Olivia Weisser for application information and requirements.

Deadline & Cost

Deadlines: April 15 for fall

Application Fee: The nonrefundable application fee is $75. UMass Boston alumni and current students that plan to complete degree requirements prior to graduate enrollment can submit the application without paying the application fee.

Program Cost Information: Bursar's website


Required Courses (6 Credits)

  • HIST 600 - Research and Methods 3 Credit(s)
  • HIST 605 - Introduction to Historiography 3 Credit(s)

Electives (9 Credits)

Complete three from below.

  • HIST 602L - Historical Sequence I: American Society and Political Culture: 1600-1865 3 Credit(s)
  • HIST 620 - Introduction to Public History and Popular Memory 3 Credit(s)
  • HIST 625 - Interpreting History in Public Approaches to Public History Practice 3 Credit(s)
  • HIST 626 - Introduction to Archives and Information Management 3 Credit(s)
  • HIST 627 - Archival Methods and Practices 3 Credit(s)
  • HIST 630 - Transforming Archives and History in the Digital Era 3 Credit(s)
  • HIST 636 - Weimar Germany 3 Credit(s)
  • HIST 638 - World War I 3 Credit(s)
  • HIST 639 - World War II 3 Credit(s)
  • HIST 641 - Socialism: The International History of a Revolutionary Idea 3 Credit(s)
  • HIST 642 - Fascism 3 Credit(s)
  • HIST 644 - Topics on the History of the American Revolution 3 Credit(s)
  • HIST 664 - Boston History 3 Credit(s)
  • HIST 667 - The Progressive Era 3 Credit(s)
  • HIST 668 - Age of FDR: Depression, War, and the Birth of Modern America 3 Credit(s)
  • HIST 670 - Cold War America, 1945-1989 3 Credit(s)
  • HIST 681 - Topics in European History 3 Credit(s)
  • HIST 682 - Topics in American History 3 Credit(s)
  • HIST 685 - Topics in Atlantic History 3 Credit(s)
  • HIST 687 - Genealogy and Family History 3 Credit(s)

Graduation Criteria

Program Requirements

Complete 15 credits from five courses including two required courses and three electives.

Statute of limitations: Five years


Graduate Program Director Olivia Weisser
Olivia.Weisser [at]
(617) 287-6860

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