Master of Arts in History

Develop historical knowledge, prepare for doctoral study and learn methods of historical research with the Master of Arts in History in Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts. This flexible, 30-credit graduate degree provides students with a deep understanding of major historiographical questions, with opportunities for students to tailor their curriculum based on their interests. 

History MA coursework emphasizes basic issues of history and the latest approaches of professional historians. In your first year, you will study the methodological and historiographical evolution of professional history. In subsequent years, you can concentrate your coursework in one geographical area while also taking courses focused on other regions.

Faculty members in the History MA program specialize in the following areas. 

  • Diplomatic and military history 
  • Environmental history
  • History of capitalism 
  • Modern history 
  • Public history 
  • U.S. social and cultural history
  • Urban history

The History MA program provides enrichment opportunities for teachers in secondary schools, students who wish to pursue history doctoral programs and professionals in various public history fields. Philadelphia is a rich public history environment with numerous opportunities for internships and fieldwork.

The department is currently able to offer funding to some students whose work focuses on public history; it does not offer funding to students who concentrate in other fields.

Optional Concentration in Public History

The Center for Public History trains graduate students, sponsors public history initiatives, and maintains extensive relationships with Philadelphia-area museums and historical sites.

Students in Temple’s two-year Public History concentration choose from a variety of advanced graduate courses in American history, accompanied by specialized public history courses. Each course is built around a significant community-engagement project, and each student acquires real-world experience through a host of internships throughout the Philadelphia area.

Applicants must indicate their intent to concentrate in Public History. A limited number of tuition waivers and fellowships are awarded each year to the most qualified applicants.

An internship is required of students pursuing Public History as a primary or secondary field.

Learn more about the concentration in Public History.

Concentrations

You can focus on History or you can take one of the following concentrations.

  • Public History

    Combine historical analysis with museum management, historic site preservation and other field specializations for working historians. This two-year program includes advanced courses in U.S. history and a community engagement project.

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History graduate students participating in hands-on learning in the classroom.

The Barnes Club Conference

The Barnes Club Conference is one of the largest and most prestigious graduate student conferences in the region, drawing participants from across the nation and around the world. The annual two-day conference takes place in March during the spring semester. It gives rising scholars the opportunity to present their projects, receive critical feedback, and network to establish and expand their academic communities. Select conference papers are awarded cash prizes in various geographical and scholarly categories.

History MA students host the James A. Barnes Club Graduate Student Conference each year. 

Program Format & Curriculum

Classes for the History MA are offered in-person on both Temple’s Main Campus and Center City campus. The degree program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis.

Students may take up to three years to complete the History MA, although students whose advisors certify that they are making satisfactory progress may apply for a program extension for up to a maximum of five years.

Courses you are likely to take as part of the History MA curriculum include

  • Digital History,
  • Gender and Sexuality in Asia,
  • Nonprofit Management for Historians, and
  • Women and Gender in the American South.

Learn more about History MA courses.

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Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Master of Arts offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2019–2020 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $942.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,297.00 per credit

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