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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.

Applicants and admitted students are invited and encouraged to join one of our Welcome Days. Please click here for more information and to RSVP.

Each of the two M.A. concentrations provides training to students who translate their Northeastern degrees into rewarding careers 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.

In all areas, the department emphasizes close mentoring of students, training in a range of research methods and methodologies, and practical experience. Students can take advantage of multiple research opportunities offered by the 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. Graduate students in history may also choose to enroll in courses in the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies, of which Northeastern is a founding member. Graduate students participate actively in the Department of History Seminar, where they, along with faculty, are invited to present their research. Students are also welcome to attend talks and conferences at Harvard University, Boston University and other area institutions.

For complete information on the requirements for and policies in the graduate degree programs, please consult the following link:

For a complete guide on the Department’s Graduate Programs, please reference our 2022-2023 Resource Guide:

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.)

Learn More:

World History Graduate Program Director

Public History Graduate Program Director & Associate Director