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.



Interested in our graduate programs? Check out our Graduate Open Houses offered throughout the year! Click here for more info.

Effective December 6, 2016, if you attend a CSSH Open House or Welcome Day, or meet with a Northeastern University staff or faculty member through a graduate program recruitment event, and then apply to a CSSH graduate program, we will waive your application fee. Under the “Affiliation to Northeastern University” section of the application, please enter the name of the staff or faculty member you met with. Important: When you submit your application, you MUST select “Pay by Check” and email us at to request that we waive the fee. Please again note who you met with and where in your email request. It pays to plan ahead as we will not refund fees already paid.


World History Graduate Program Director: Katherine Luongo   email:

Public History Graduate Program Director: Martin Blatt  email:


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 in World History must 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.


For complete information on requirements for and policies in the graduate degree programs, please consult the following booklets:


General Graduate Regulations 2016 – 17


History Department Graduate Regulations 2016-17 (Detailed)

History Department Graduate Regulations 2015-16 (Detailed)

History Department Graduate Regulations 2014-15 (Detailed)

(Please note that some PlusOne Program details have been updated since publication. See the PlusOne section of our website for more details.)