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History (MA)

History (MA)
History (MA)

Prepare for the future by engaging with the past

Earn your master’s degree in History by exploring the breadth and depth of history 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.

Master historical content, while learning

  • The multiple levels of history
  • How history has been communicated
  • Skills to analyze historical argument
  • Professional development skills

Courses are offered on weekday evenings at the Lincoln Park Campus and the program can be completed in two years.

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Study in a city with a rich and storied past

Take in global history while studying from your Chicago classroom, where you have access to world-class museums, historical libraries and cultural archives. Explore in an urban environment, while studying ancient and modern civilizations. Use Chicago as your gateway to the world—take what you learn in the classroom and visit cultural icons and historic sites.

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. You may begin the program in any quarter.

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, official transcripts, statement of purpose, writing sample, letters of recommendation and résumé or curriculum vitae.

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Required Courses

You’ll take a total of 12 courses, three core courses and nine elective courses.

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of History graduates were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.

Earn your Master’s Degree in History with published faculty

Learn about race, gender, history and the law, African American History, Legal History, Criminal and Juvenile Justice Systems, and Urban History from faculty experts like Assistant Professor and Director of Pre-Law Concentration and History of Law Minor Tera Eva Agyepong. She is the author of The Criminalization of Black Children: Race, Gender and Delinquency in Chicago’s Juvenile Justice System, 1899–1945 and her other scholarly articles have been published in the Journal of African American History, Gender & History, and Northwestern Journal of International Human Rights.

“This program gave me the opportunity to leave my career in business and fulfill my dream of studying history at an advanced level. Its varying geographic, thematic, and chronological emphases allowed me to crystallize my interests, become knowledgeable in the field, and enhance my familiarity with important works. My professors’ expertise and guidance further developed my analytical skills and capacity for solving historical problems creatively, which have prepared me to be successful in my current doctoral program.”

Elizaveta (MA ’19)


Alumni Network

Alumni who earn their master’s degree in History are working in a variety of fields, including teaching and research, business and law, archival and library work, public history and museum work, archaeology, journalism, public service and policy.

Scholarships & Aid

The History department offers two graduate fellowships. Learn more about the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission at (773) 325-7315 or

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