Department of History Graduate Program
Our mission is to offer a small, high quality program with a low student-faculty ratio and ample opportunity for participation in seminars, lecture courses, and individual instruction.
M.A. and Ph.D. programs are available in a variety of fields, including World, United States, Latin American, and European history. Each semester we schedule a range of topical and historiography courses, as well as research seminars. In recent years, these have explored social and cultural history, the history of work and labor, women's and gender history, public history, and the history of science and technology. Recent additions to the faculty have strengthened resources in the history of China, Pacific Empires, women's history, and the history of science.
The graduate program is highly selective. For information on applying, see our application page.
Please note the following change in admission requirements: Applicants to the Ph.D. program are no longer required to have a Master's degree. Students may enter the Ph.D. program with only a Bachelor's degree; of course students who do have Master's degrees are also encouraged to apply.
Notable is the nationally respected program in Public History that draws on a network of museums, archives, historical societies, and historic preservation agencies, with opportunities for both internships and research. Among a rich variety of special collections are the W. E. B. Du Bois and Horace Mann Bond papers and the papers of the Hon. Silvio O. Conte as well as substantial resources for Early America, especially New England and Latin America. The Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College is an internationally recognized repository of manuscripts, photographs, periodicals, and other primary sources in women's history, while the substantial collections of the American Antiquarian Society are nearby in Worcester, Massachusetts. The enormous range of collections in Boston and New York are just a short drive away.
For more information on graduate study at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, visit the Graduate School's information page, which includes links to the Graduate Bulletin, Graduate Student Handbook, Typing Guidelines for Theses and Dissertations, and much more. For departmental information consult the History Department's Graduate Program Handbook. You can also visit the site of the Graduate History Association, established and operated by history graduate students.
Want to read recent dissertations from the History Department? Click here to browse.