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Graduate Program

The Master's in History at UMass Lowell offers resources unique to our region, including long-standing relationships with the Lowell National Historical Park and the Tsongas Industrial History Center.

Full time | Part time

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in History is designed for those who teach in local schools, those who wish to prepare for a Ph.D. program and those who seek the additional intellectual challenge of graduate work in History.

The degree, with concentrations in U.S. History and Global Comparative History, requires thirty credits of coursework. This can be fulfilled by:

  • Option 1: 10 three-credit graduate courses.
  • Option 2: nine three-credit graduate courses and a three-credit project or internship with an area historical society or organization.
  • Option 3: eight three-credit graduate courses and a six-credit thesis.

There is one required course – The Practice of History. Students may be full or part-time.


The History Department includes eleven full-time faculty members with widespread expertise, ranging from ancient Greece and Renaissance Italy to Contemporary Europe, Africa and Latin America, as well as Jacksonian America, the Civil War, the Cold War and Civil Rights. Faculty are engaged in teaching and research and have published numerous monographs, scholarly articles and edited collections.

Learn more about the faculty

For more information, please visit the UMass Lowell Academic Catalog or contact Graduate Program Coordinator, Robert Forrant by email:

Applicants are evaluated on the basis of their undergraduate record, prior study in history/related fields, relevant work experience, GRE or TOEFL standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, and a written personal statement. Interested candidates for the graduate degree must meet all of the application requirements outlined on the UMass Lowell's Graduate Admissions page. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. GREs will be waived for UMass Lowell history alumni who graduated in the past five years with a 3.0 GPA or higher and are interested in applying to the Master in History degree program.

UMass Lowell students who wish to be B.A./M.A. candidates may apply to the program and waive the GRE test so long as they have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 for all previous course work. Application is typically submitted during the student’s second semester of their junior year. B.A./M.A. admission is based on having an overall GPA of 3.0 or better; two letters of recommendation from UMass Lowell History Department faculty; and a personal statement that describes the student’s interest in a History Master’s degree.

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Thesis Defense

Students who plan to write and defend an MA Thesis in History should consult with the Graduate Coordinator and their Thesis Advisor, as well as consult the university's Thesis and Dissertation Guide (pdf).

Graduation Deadlines

Students who plan to finish their degree must file a DIG (Declaration of Intent to Graduate) form with the Graduate Coordinator early in the semester in which they plan to graduate, and must file the thesis with the Library prior to the exam period. Specific dates can be found on the university’s academic calendar.

More information on applying for graduation and how to file a Declaration of Intent to Graduate Form can be found on the Solution Center's Declare Intent to Graduate webpage.


Cost Per Credit: $842.21*
Total Tuition (based on 30 credits): $25,266*

Out-of-state/International Students

Cost Per Credit: $1,496.66*
Total Tuition (based on 30 credits): $44,900*

*These estimated graduate charges are for the 2019-2020 academic year. These prices are subject to change by vote of the UMass Board of Trustees.


For more information on tuition and financing, visit Costs & Aid for Graduate Programs.