12 months
36880 USD/year
36880 USD/year
18894 USD/year
Tuition fee
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University of Massachusetts Boston's Master of Arts Program in History offers students a rigorous yet flexible program of study in the field of history.


Rather than being merely a collection of courses, the History MA program from University of Massachusetts Boston requires intense commitment to historical scholarship and practice. The MA serves as a terminal degree for students seeking exposure to historical study before entering a variety of careers, as well as a preparatory degree for those interested in pursuing a PhD at another institution.

Learning outcomes

The History MA program is designed to enhance the research, writing, and analytical skills of students, as well as provide a broad and advanced background in history content. Our graduates have gone on to a variety of jobs, including high-school teachers, college history professors, museum professionals, archivists, public historians, and writers.

What you'll study

All courses in the History MA program are taught by full-time UMass Boston History faculty. Course times for graduate classes are generally in the late afternoon and early evening to accommodate working students and those with other obligations. All graduate classes are taught as small seminars with no more than 15 students per class. The course offerings cover a wide variety of U.S., European, and non-Western topics, allowing students to sample a range of historical topics. The History MA program also offers a completely online MA. Online courses are also available to students enrolled in the traditional History MA program.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 
  • Archival Methods and Practices
  • Transforming Archives and History in the Digital Era
  • Internship in Archives and Information Management
  • Master of Arts Thesis
  • Interpreting History in Public Approaches to Public History Practice
  • Internship in Public History

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • March 15 (on-campus) and April 15 (online) for fall


30 SCH


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The Committee is looking for a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.00 and a minimum GPA in History classes of 3.33. 
  • College Transcripts: You must provide transcripts from all colleges you attended and earned 6 credits or more.
  • Three letters of recommendation. 
  • Statement of Purpose: One of the most important pieces of the application file is the personal statement or statement of purpose. The statement should be roughly 1500 words. 
  • Writing Sample: The History Department also requires the submission of a writing sample. Ideally, an applicant’s writing sample should be a paper written for a college class, preferably in History. 
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Although the GRE is not required, we strongly recommend that applicants take the GRE and submit their scores with their application.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    36880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18440 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    36880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18440 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    18894 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9447 USD per semester during 12 months.

Online: $575/credit

Living costs for Boston

1560 - 3239 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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