Boasting an energetic faculty that has achieved national and international recognition for its research, the Department of History at Northeastern University offers three programs of graduate study.
- The M.A. in World History program focuses on global approaches to historical analysis in research and teaching.
- The M.A in Public History program is geared toward students who wish to work in historical organizations.
- The Doctoral Program is one of few PhD programs in the country that specifically emphasizes world history as a primary field of study with particular strengths in gender, social, and cultural history.
- Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities
- Graduate Certificate in Public History
- Other CSSH Graduate Certificates
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World History Graduate Program Director
Public History Graduate Program Director
Recently, the American Historical Association Committee on Graduate Education cited Northeastern’s World History Program as being “in the vanguard of these studies.”
Each of the two M.A. concentrations provides training to students who translate their Northeastern degrees into rewarding careers in teaching or into admission to leading doctoral programs in history throughout the country. The M.A. with a concentration in public history has achieved special recognition as one of the best of its kind nationally, preparing students for careers in museum and archives administration, historical preservation, editing, and in public history filmmaking and media.
In all areas, the department emphasizes close mentoring of students, training in a range of research methods and methodologies, and practical experience in teaching. Graduate students participate actively in the Department of History Seminar, where they, along with faculty, are invited to present their research. Benefiting from Northeastern’s location in Boston, students can take advantage of multiple research opportunities offered by a wealth of archives and libraries in the Boston area.
Candidates for the MA degree in World History must demonstrate reading competence in one foreign language.
Graduate students are encouraged to participate in the Northeastern Global History Seminar, a speaker series held on campus each spring. Students are also welcome to attend talks and conferences at Harvard University, Boston University and other area institutions. Graduate students in history may choose to enroll in courses in the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies, of which Northeastern is a founding member.
For complete information on the requirements for and policies in the graduate degree programs, please consult the following booklets
Requirements And Policies
History Department Graduate Regulations 2019 – 2020 (Detailed) UPDATED FEBRUARY 25, 2020
History Department Graduate Regulations 2018 – 2019 (Detailed) UPDATED SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 WITH NEW INFORMATION FOR PLUS ONE PROGRAM
(Please note that some PlusOne Program details have been updated since publication. See the PlusOne section of our website for more details.)