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. The Ph.D. and M.A. programs focus on global approaches to historical analysis in research and teaching, and the M.A. with a concentration in Public History is geared toward students who wish to work in historical organizations. The Doctoral Program is one of few Ph.D. programs in the country that specifically emphasizes world history as a primary field of study with particular strengths in gender, social, and cultural history. 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 History Department 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 muswt demonstrate reading competence in one foreign language.

Graduate students are encouraged to participate in the Northeastern Global History Seminar, 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.

2014 - 2015  Director of Graduate Studies
 Timothy Brown


For inquiries about the Public History program please contact Tim Cresswell, email:

General Graduate Program Regulations

History Graduate Program Regulations