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Full time Part time BA to MA
The Master of Arts degree in history educates students in the essential skills of analysis, comprehension, critical thinking and public speaking. It develops the ability to analyze large quantities of data, to identify patterns and trends and to write a clear narrative that explains those results. Such skills apply to a wide range of careers, including teaching, gallery and museum work; archive management; government and public service; business and legal research; and consulting.
The M.A. in history is designed for those who:
Students may attend part-or full-time, with classes offered in the late afternoon or early evening to accommodate those who are working during the day.
The master’s degree program requires 30 credits of coursework. Graduate courses explore social and cultural history, global history, migration and immigration and archival science. There are three ways to fulfill the required credits:
For more information including course listings and degree pathways, visit the Graduate Catalog.
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*These estimated graduate charges are for the 2021-2022 academic year. These prices are subject to change by vote of the UMass Board of Trustees.
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The department faculty include prize-winning professors who publish actively in their respective fields and who regularly receive external grants. Faculty work closely with the Tsongas Industrial History Center and Lowell National Historical Park to design and deliver workshops for teachers and exhibitions for the community. Graduate students can engage with these to apply their classroom skills to real-world projects.
Students in the M.A. program choose to take one, two or three courses per semester, with individual instruction also available to graduate students through directed studies or a supervised internship at a partner organization. Graduate courses can be taken in related graduate programs such as public administration, peace and conflict studies, and global studies.
Lowell and the Merrimack Valley are the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution and offer a unique opportunity to study the intersection of immigration, labor and environment. The historic city possesses rich archives and a compelling story, and has a strong relationship with UMass Lowell.
Opportunities exist to conduct research and find internships at institutions throughout Middlesex County, including Center for Lowell History, Lowell National Historical Park, Lawrence History Center, the National Archives and Records Administration in Waltham and local historical societies.
A scholarship endowed in memory of the late English teacher and lecturer Socrates Lagios helped Christina Sirignano complete her master’s degree in education during the COVID-19 pandemic.