History, MA

The Master of Arts in History offers two concentrations:  public history and world history.

Public history encompasses the practice of history outside the academy in museums, state and local historical societies, archives, the National Park Service, and more. Public history includes the study of such topics as material culture, historical exhibits and museums, historical agencies, archival administration, and how difficult issues including slavery and site of violence are presented to the public.

World history focuses on the history of regions or peoples in Africa, Europe, Latin America, Asia, or the United States, with attention to the intersections and connections between national, regional, and global developments.

The master’s program offers an optional cooperative education experience (“co-op”) to eligible students. Cooperative education is central to both the Northeastern experience and to the College of Social Sciences and Humanities experiential liberal arts framework. Northeastern’s signature co-op ecosystem provides qualified master's students with six-month work experiences as practicing public historians. Graduate students take their work from campus learning spaces, apply their knowledge outside of the classroom, and then bring knowledge and skills gained in community learning spaces back to our campus learning spaces during the cocurricular experiential integration course.

Academic Standing/Progress

Students are expected to maintain a 3.000 grade-point average (GPA). Should the GPA drop below 3.000, the student will be placed on academic probation and allowed one more semester to bring his or her GPA to the 3.000 level. If the student is not able to meet this requirement by the end of the following semester, the student may be asked to leave the program.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

The Master of Arts in History offers two concentrations: world history and public history. The program requires a concentration. Please consult with a Department of History graduate program director for additional details.  

Concentration in World History

Core Requirements

Theory and Methodology
A grade of B or higher is required:
HIST 5101Theory and Methodology 14
HIST 5102Theory and Methodology 24
Research Seminar
HIST 7301 to HIST 73254


Complete 20 semester hours from the following:20
HIST 5101 to HIST 5295
HIST 7205 to HIST 7218
HIST 7220 to HIST 7297

Concentration in Public History

Core Requirements

Theory and Methodology
A grade of B or higher is required:
HIST 5101Theory and Methodology 14
Public History
HIST 5237Issues and Methods in Public History4
Digital History
HIST 7370Texts, Maps, and Networks: Readings and Methods for Digital History4
Complete the following (repeatable) course twice:4
Fieldwork in History 1
Research Seminar
Complete 4 semester hours from the following:4
HIST 7301 to HIST 7325
HIST 5000 to 5900


Complete 12 semester hours from the following:12
HIST 5238 to HIST 5248
HIST 5295 to HIST 6966
HIST 7201 to HIST 7297

Optional Co-op Experience

Requires two consecutive semesters of Co-op Work Experience and Experiential Integration:2
Co-op Work Experience
and Experiential Integration

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

32 total semester hours required (34 with optional co-op)
Minimum 3.000 GPA required