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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.

The M.A. with a concentration in world history provides training to students who translate their Northeastern degrees into rewarding careers or admission to leading doctoral programs in history. The M.A. with a concentration in public history prepares students for careers in museum and archives, historical sites, and history education.

The department’s M.A. programs emphasize close mentoring of students, training in a range of research methods and methodologies, and practical experience gained through fieldwork or co-ops in the Boston area. Students also can take advantage of research opportunities offered by the wealth of archives and libraries in the Boston area.

Most of our MA students in history earn certificates in digital humanities, urban studies and other fields while at Northeastern, developing new skills, exploring their interdisciplinary interests, and generating exciting new scholarship. Working alongside PhD students and faculty, our MA students connect past and present, conducting archival research, engaging with leading scholars in the field, and attending departmental events.

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

For a complete guide to the Department’s Graduate Programs, please reference our 2023-24 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