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Master of Arts in History

​​​​​​A distinctive legacy. A distinguished education.

For five decades, the Providence College Master of Arts in History program has produced students who have become school teachers, college educators, business leaders, attorneys, and more. They have taken a sweeping knowledge of the issues and events that have defined the ages and put it into practice — in classrooms, courtrooms, and conference rooms.

Much of our alumni’s success is due to their enthusiasm for studying history — and understanding its modern-day importance. Another reason for our graduates’ achievements is our supportive, expert faculty members who are dedicated to maximizing your intellectual promise and to ensuring that you have the skills to succeed after graduation.

Many parts of our program can be measured in numbers — four corners of the globe are covered, 24 or 30 credits to earn a degree, dozens of diverse courses offered. Your experience as a student will be immeasurable.

Why Enroll in the Program?

To fulfill a teacher certification requirement? To gain a promotion? To prepare for a doctorate? These are all great reasons, but we have a few more:

  • Affordable
  • Small classes
  • Flexible course offerings and times that cater to students with family and work requirements
  • Variety of courses

Requirements & Courses

The objective of our program is to provide students with the opportunity to develop a comprehensive grasp of the past so that they might more fully appreciate the heritage of Western Civilization and the problems that confront it today.

Master's degree students are required to complete 30 credits of graduate-level history, or 24 credits plus an acceptable thesis written under the direction of a professor.

At least 18 (but no more than 21) credits must be taken in the major field, three credits of which must be a seminar in the major field. Three additional credits must be taken in Historical Methodology. The remaining credits (six or nine) must be taken in an area other than the major field; a minor field may be designated for these credits. All students are strongly encouraged to take a course in Historiography in their major field.

Sample Courses
  • American Military History
  • Modern East Asia
  • Modern Portugal
  • The Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • Imperial Russia
  • The American West
  • The Irish in America

[For more information about courses, please see the graduate catalog.]

Students have an opportunity to pursue a master’s degree with a primary major in either American History or Modern European History and a second major in American History, Modern European History, or Medieval History. Areas for a minor field are American, Modern European, Medieval, or East Asian.

Full-time status entails taking three courses per semester. Historical Methodology and seminars in American and European History are offered every year. The other courses are offered every two or three years. A "B" average must be maintained.

Students must give evidence of a reading knowledge of a foreign language. French and German are the recommended modern languages. However, substitution of another language may be made. In some instances, a student may be allowed to substitute a designated computer language course (with a minimum grade of "B") for the language requirement.

After the completion of all course work, students must pass an oral examination covering the major field.