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Master’s in History, MA

Expand Your Career Potential with a Master’s in History

The study of history is critical to the creation of a just society. Like Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, our University namesakes, the master’s in history program encourages students to put this ethos to work as teachers and experts.

At Roosevelt University in downtown Chicago, you can choose between a thesis or non-thesis track. You can also earn a certificate in archives and cultural heritage resources.


Why Roosevelt for your Master's

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Supportive, flexible classes

Learn in small classes offered at convenient times, including nights and occasionally online. You’ll make personal connections with your professors and classmates.

Honors Exchange Students in a Seminar.

A new approach to history

The Roosevelt program emphasizes local, national and global histories, and the necessity of uncovering stories from voices that often go unheard.

You’ll 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.

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One step closer to your PhD

MA students have gone on to PhD and archival graduate programs at:

  • Dominican University
  • Howard University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • University of Illinois-Chicago
  • University of Miami
  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • University of Liverpool (England)


“My instructors embraced the challenges of nurturing the academic growth of our diverse and inclusive student body, equipping every student with the tools for success.”

Gigi Davis, MA History ’18
PhD Candidate at Howard University

“A liberal arts degree will give you the skills you need to succeed in any industry. The ability to analyze content and manage your time will take you far.”

Annie Warshaw, MA History ’10
Founder of Mission Propelle