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Introduction 

The Master of Arts in History provides a sophisticated knowledge of history, both as a mode of inquiry and a form of understanding, and can serve as a terminal degree or as the foundation for more advanced graduate work.

This program provides graduate students with:

  • an understanding of history as a mode of inquiry
  • an in-depth exposure to a least two different historical fields
  • a grounding in historical research methods
  • an introduction to the art of historical interpretation

Credit hours required: 36

Admission Information

The program admits students for the Fall semester only.

Program Benefits 

The Master of Arts program features:

  • Small, seminar-type classes taught by a faculty member
  • Classes that meet once a week in the evening
  • Access to University resources including Ronald Williams Library and The Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (with more than 60 million volumes)
  • IRAD—the Illinois Regional Archives Depository, housed in the Ronald Williams Library

Career Options 

The M.A. in History leads to a career as a:

  • teacher/instructor (community college levels)
  • museum educator
  • historical societies educator
  • archivist
  • researcher
  • librarian
  • preservation worker
  • documentary editor

For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Academic Catalog Information 

Take a closer look at the Master of Arts in History and the courses offered toward the degree.

History, M.A.

Department and Contact Information 

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact History at (773) 442-5630.

History Department Homepage

About Northeastern 

Northeastern Illinois University is home to 9,000 students from all corners of the world and is one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the nation. Our small class sizes, flexible schedules and dedicated faculty can help you succeed in your studies.

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