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History (MA)

The Master of Arts in History provides you with an opportunity to explore the breadth and depth of the historical discipline with an emphasis on historiography. Historiography looks at how different scholars have approached a topic, what sources and methods they used to explore it, if there are any points of contention and how it has been viewed over time.

Thus, in addition to the mastery of historical content, you'll learn:

  • The multiple levels of history
  • How history is and has been communicated in different ways to diverse audiences
  • Skills to analyze historical argument

Program Highlights

The departments faculty are teacher-scholars who specialize in virtually every region of the world: American, African, Asian, European, Latin American and world history and who specialize in a range of subfields, allowing students to understand a wide spectrum of topics and methods.


In order to meet the needs of working professionals, all of our MA in history courses are offered in the evenings, each one meeting once a week at the Lincoln Park Campus.


The program is composed of 12 courses (48 quarter hours). Students must complete three core courses in the MA program and nine courses of their own choosing.

You'll take a total of 12 courses, beginning with History 421 The Historical Discipline, in the autumn quarter of your first year.

Program Participants

The program is designed for:

  • Teachers looking to explore new dimensions of historical inquiry; and/or
  • Students considering pursuing a PhD and seeking the tools to succeed at that level

Certificate Options

The History MA may also be expanded to include a graduate certificate. The combined program requires either the completion of additional coursework or careful elective selection to fulfill all requirements.  A certificate is available in:

  • Women's and Gender Studies 
If you're interested in a certificate, a separate application process is required. Contact the program office for additional information.