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M.A. in Public History

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The Department of History at Northeastern University invites applications to its Program in Public History. One of the oldest of its kind in North America, Northeastern’s public history graduates work in museums, archives, historical societies, documentary film production, and social activism. Students in this two-year program receive rigorous training in the theory and practice of history and the digital humanities through coursework, and apply this training through fieldwork in New England’s wealth of public history organizations.


Designed to accommodate a wide range of intellectual and professional interests, Northeastern’s public history program prides itself on:

Our broad and deep connections to practicing public historians:

Our Boston location allows us to develop a rich set of educational and professional opportunities for students. We make good use of its hundreds of historic sites, museums, and landscapes, and ensure that students experience and eventually contribute to these venues. Director Martin Blatt and program faculty have several decades of leadership in the Boston and national public history communities, and leverage their extensive professional networks to place students in places where they will learn and thrive.

Our dynamic faculty:

Northeastern’s history faculty prioritizes accessibility, collaboration, and cutting-edge research. They have advised or worked on projects close to home, in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York, as well as further afield, in Russia, France, and Germany, and they regularly publish and comment in academic and popular settings.

Our commitment to socially engaged scholarship and practice:

Students work closely with Northeastern’s Archives and Special Collections to develop digital and physical exhibits and research projects. We also partner with local and national groups to explore controversial historical topics. Currently, our program is partnering with the Humanities Action Lab for a multi-year exploration of the past, present and future of incarceration, and with the National Park Service to update the history of the Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site.

For more information, please contact Martin Blatt at m.blatt@neu.edu


Learn More About Public History Below:


Director’s Welcome

Course Requirements

Public History Faculty

Public History Graduate Students

Public History Projects



Public History Alumni

Public History Resources


In order to receive priority consideration for financial support, the deadline for MA applications is Friday, February 7, 2020.

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




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


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

History Department Graduate Regulations 2017-18 (Detailed)

History Department Graduate Regulations 2016-17 (Detailed)

History Department Graduate Regulations 2015-16 (Detailed)

History Department Graduate Regulations 2014-15 (Detailed)

(Please note that some PlusOne Program details have been updated since publication. See the PlusOne section of our website for more details.)