The Online Master of Arts in History offers a rigorous set of required and elective courses, along with supervised research and writing projects. Both demanding and flexible, the Online History MA is designed to appeal to students with a wide variety of interests and professional goals.

Online Master of Arts in History | UMass Boston

All courses in the program will be taught by tenure-stream faculty in the History Department. Students accepted into the Online History MA will take all of their classes online.

The focus of the Online MA curriculum is Modern US and European history, though courses will also be offered in non-Western and Early Modern areas as well.

This program should be taken by:

  • Secondary school teachers who wish to improve their content knowledge in the field of history or need an MA for licensure, certification or promotion;
  • College graduates:
    • Who want to test their capacity for graduate work beyond their undergraduate studies;
    • Considering Law School;
    • Considering careers in journalism and media;
    • Considering careers in public humanities;
    • Considering careers that require writing and research;
    • Interested in going on to a PhD;
    • Interested in teaching at the primary or secondary levels;
    • Living beyond commuting distance from UMass Boston.

Learn more about this program:
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Visit the UMass Boston website to learn more about earning your online Master of Arts in History.


Please see Fee Schedule below.

Type of Fee Amount
Fee per credit $575
Returned Check Fee per semester** $28
Total for course*** $1,725 (575 x 3 credits = 1725)

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*applicable when you register after deadline; non-refundable unless course has been cancelled

** applicable when checks returned unpaid

*** Courses can vary from one to six credits; this total represents a standard 3 credit course


The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

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To apply for admission to a graduate study at UMass Boston, you must hold a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution of recognized standing, or an international equivalent.

Admission criteria include:

  1. Graduate Application: Apply Online
  2. Non-refundable Application Fee ($60 for domestic applicants and $100 for international applicants)
  3. Official Transcripts: You must submit official transcripts from all institutions attended, even if you were not awarded a degree.
  4. Applicable Test Scores: Refer to your intended graduate program of study to determine which test scores are required.
  5. Letters of Recommendation: Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from former teachers familiar with the applicant's recent academic work, or from employers familiar with his or her professional ability.
  6. Statement of Purpose: The statement of purpose is your opportunity to show the graduate admissions committee your reasons for wishing to pursue graduate study, as well as your specific interests and goals. Be sure to check with your intended program of study to ensure you correctly complete the statement of purpose.
  7. Program Specific Requirements: Many programs have additional requirements. Please check with your intended graduate program of study to ensure that you submit a complete application.

Most materials may be uploaded via the Online Application, or can be mailed to:

Databank - UMass Boston Graduate Admissions
PO Box 6195 Bustleton Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19115

Documents other than transcripts and test scores may also be sent as an attachment to: GAdocs@umb.edu.


Plan of Study: 

The Online Master of Arts in History consists of 30 credits:

  • HIST 600: Research Methods (3 credits)
  • HIST 605: Introduction to Historiography (3 credits)
  • HIST 690: Thesis Preparation (3 credits)
  • HIST 699: Thesis (6 credits)
  • Five History electives
Financial Aid: 

Availability of financial aid varies depending on matriculation and course status. Please check with your program manager or advisor to determine your eligibility. Generally, if you are matriculated in a degree program and are enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits each semester, you may qualify for financial aid. Please review our Financial Aid Checklist below.

  1. Fill out the FAFSA form at https://studentaid.gov. It is important to list the University of Massachusetts Boston school code number 002222.
  2. For more information or if you have further questions, please contact Financial Aid Services at 617.287.6300 or at finaid@umb.edu


For more information or if you have further questions, please contact Financial Aid Services at 617.287.6300 or at finaid@umb.edu.