Boasting an energetic faculty that has achieved national and international recognition for its research, the Department of History at Northeastern University offers three programs of graduate study.

Recently, the American Historical Association Committee on Graduate Education cited Northeastern’s World History Program as being “in the vanguard of these studies.”

Each of the two M.A. concentrations provides training to students who translate their Northeastern degrees into rewarding careers in teaching or into admission to leading doctoral programs in history throughout the country. The M.A. with a concentration in public history has achieved special recognition as one of the best of its kind nationally, preparing students for careers in museum and archives administration, historical preservation, editing, and in public history filmmaking and media.

In all areas, the department emphasizes close mentoring of students, training in a range of research methods and methodologies, and practical experience in teaching. Graduate students participate actively in the Department of History Seminar, where they, along with faculty, are invited to present their research. Benefiting from Northeastern’s location in Boston, students can take advantage of multiple research opportunities offered by a wealth of archives and libraries in the Boston area.

Candidates for the MA degree must demonstrate reading competence in one foreign language.

Since 2009, Graduate Students in the History Department have organized and run the Annual Graduate Student Conference in World History, which seeks to challenge the norms of scholarly inquiry and to explore new directions in world history. Graduate students are also encouraged to participate in the Global History Seminar Series (hyperlink this), a speaker series held on campus each spring. Students are also welcome to attend talks and conferences at Harvard University, Boston University and other area institutions. Graduate students in history may choose to enroll in courses in the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies, of which Northeastern is a founding member.

Director of Graduate Studies

Timothy Brown


For inquiries about the public history program please contact Martin Blatt at


History Graduate Program Booklet

2014-2015 General Graduate Regulations

2014-2015 History Graduate Regulations