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History, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #201 (WUR) Boston, MA, United States
The Master of Arts Program in History from University of Massachusetts Boston 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 degree at UMass Boston requires intense commitment to historical scholarship and practice.
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Overview

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.

The History MA program from University of Massachusetts Boston 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.

Students earning a Master of Arts in History have the option of choosing from the following three tracks:

  • Archives
  • Public History
  • History

Career

The study of history provides excellent preparation for a variety of careers. Many history graduates make direct use of the knowledge gained in their undergraduate major in professions such as teaching, archival and museum work, journalism, and government, especially the Foreign Service.

Programme Structure

The course offerings cover a wide variety of U.S., European, and non-Western topics, allowing students to sample a range of historical topics.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • College Transcripts: You must provide transcripts from all colleges you attended and earned 6 credits or more.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation are required, though we strongly urge applicants to submit three letters. 
  • Statement of Purpose: One of the most important pieces of the application file is the personal statement or statement of purpose. 
  • 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)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17466 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17466 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    14529 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14529 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    8948 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8948 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
    Living Costs

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