Boston College

M.A. On Campus
12 months
1768 USD/credit
1768 USD/credit
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The M.A. degree in History from Boston College offers students an opportunity for sustained study and research with concentrations in American history, Medieval history, Early Modern European history, Modern European history (encompassing English, Irish, and Continental European), and Latin-American history.


 The department also offers coursework in African history, Middle Eastern history, and Asian history.

The Boston College History is a “taught” degree, meaning that while students will take at least one research seminar, and have the opportunity to write a Master’s Thesis, the degree is largely based on course work. The M.A. is a terminal degree, but many students will use it as an opportunity to strengthen their application to Ph.D. programs. Others will find employment in education, public history, archives and the private sector.

Plan of Study

All candidates for the M.A. in history are encouraged to pursue an individualized course of study developed in conjunction with their faculty advisor and selected by the student during the first year in the program. In making their selection of courses and seminars, students are urged to widen their chronological and cultural horizons while deepening and specifying one special area of concentration.

Programme Structure

Major fields are:

  • US history
  • Medieval history
  • Early Modern European history
  • Modern European history
  • British and Irish
  • Asian history
  • Latin American history
  • Middle Eastern history
  • International and Global history

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
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Other requirements

General requirements

  • an application form, which can be found on the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences website
  • a statement of purpose (one or two pages) emphasizing your intellectual interests and your reasons for choosing Boston College
  • undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • GRE General Test is optional. GRE general scores taken within the last five years.
  • at least three letters of recommendation
  • a writing sample (preferably 10 to 15 pages) of a research paper written for a recent course or one written expressly for the application
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores for international applicants

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1768 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1768 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    1768 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1768 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


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