History Degree

Examine the past through a variety of critical approaches while engaging in deep investigation of how evidence and historical narratives have developed over time.

Key learning outcomes

Through the degree in the field of history you gain:

  • Perspective of the world today through evidence as well as an understanding of why and how historical events unfolded through argument and interpretation.
  • Advanced critical thinking skills and historical insights using evidential, conceptual, and comparative frameworks.

Program Overview

The master’s degree includes 12 courses, with at least three taken on campus.

  • Get started. You begin by completing three degree courses from the program curriculum. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your commitment and ability to perform well as a Harvard student.
  • Apply to the program. While you are completing your third degree course, you may submit your application. We have application periods in the fall, spring, and summer.
  • Continue your studies, online and on campus. As you progress through the program, you may choose from courses offered on campus or online, in the fall, spring, or summer. To fully experience Harvard, you take at least three courses on campus.
  • Complete your thesis. Working with a thesis director, you conduct in-depth research on a topic relevant to your work experience or academic interests, producing publishable quality results. You’ll emerge with a solid understanding of how research is executed and communicated.
  • Graduate with your Harvard degree. You participate in the annual Harvard Commencement, receiving your Harvard University degree: Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in extension studies, field: history.

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Degree Course Listings

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Cost

Affordability is core to our mission. Our 2017–18 graduate tuition is $2,700 per course; the total tuition cost of earning the graduate degree is approximately $32,400.

There are a number of financial aid options available once you’re admitted to the program.