The study of history is critical to the creation of a just society. Like Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, for whom our University is named, our history master’s program encourages students to take this ethos and put it to work as teachers and experts across a variety of fields. Students in the MA program have the option to earn an additional certificate at a partner institution for work in archives or other institutions devoted to preservation of historical resources.
The Master of Arts in History offers classes at convenient times, including nights and occasionally online. Our faculty members understand the work and life commitments masters' students must balance as they pursue their degree. Classes are small, and professors make personal connections with you and your classmates. Students choose from a thesis or non-thesis track.
As a master’s student in history at Roosevelt, you have the option to also earn a Certificate in Archival and Cultural Heritage Resources and Services from Dominican University. This partnership benefits those who plan to work in public history, such as museums, archives, libraries and similar settings.
At Roosevelt, we’re proud of our legacy. The Center for New Deal Studies promotes knowledge of the Roosevelts and the history of the New Deal Era. The center organizes educational programs and lectures, supports course offerings, and partners with outside groups to further its mission. It also houses a remarkable collection of books, photographs, oral histories, manuscript collections and thousands of artifacts of interest to Roosevelt scholars and those who study the New Deal.
Students can expect to work closely with faculty as well as engage with outside scholars and activists. They will learn to read deeply and thoughtfully; analyze shifting and competing historical interpretations of the past; and devise and carry out substantial research and writing projects. The program emphasizes local, national and global histories, and the necessity of uncovering stories of people whose voices have not often been heard. MA students have gone on to PhD and archival graduate programs at Howard University; University of Illinois-Chicago; Loyola University Chicago; University of Miami; University of Southern Mississippi; University of Wisconsin, Madison; University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Dominican University; University of Liverpool (England), among other universities.
Roosevelt’s MA in History provides the tools necessary to develop a mastery of content knowledge and methodology in the field. Many of our students go on to teach history at the high school level or in community colleges. Others go on to PhD programs or enter career paths that require sophisticated research and writing skills, such as positions in journalism, public policy, higher education administration and public history.
The MA in History changed my life because it provided me with access to outstanding professors as well as the framework to establish a career. Within weeks of graduation, I was hired as an adjunct instructor of history at two community colleges.
MA in History students may apply for graduate assistantships and/or the Telser Scholarships (for students with exceptional research and writing skills), and the Center for New Deal Studies Franklin and Eleanor Fellowships. For information regarding financial resources, applications and deadlines, contact graduate director Margaret Rung at (312) 341-3724 or firstname.lastname@example.org.