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The Graduate Program in History

The University of Massachusetts Amherst/Five College Graduate Program in History represents an extraordinary collaboration between the faculties of five distinguished campuses -- Amherst CollegeSmith CollegeMount Holyoke CollegeHampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst -- and offers qualified students exceptional resources to pursue undergraduate and advanced study in history. 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. 

Degrees Offered 

M.A. and Ph.D. programs are available in a variety of fields, including Global, 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.  

For information on applying, see our application page

Public History Certificate Program 

Notable is the nationally respected graduate certificate 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.   

Studying in the Pioneer Valley 

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 BulletinGraduate Student HandbookTyping Guidelines for Theses and Dissertations, and much more. For departmental information consult the History Department's Graduate Program Handbook  and the most recent History Department Graduate Course Guide. For guidance on Teaching assistant best practices, please see our newly developed handbook: Guide for Teaching Assistants. You can also visit the site of the Graduate History Association, established and operated by history graduate students.

UMass Amherst graduate students in eligible positions can become members of the Graduate Employee Organization (GEO)/UAW Local 2322, UMass Amherst's union for graduate workers. To find the most up-to-date version of the contract with the university and a description of benefits for union members, see their website. For updates on the latest union news, see GEO's Twitter.

Want to read recent dissertations from the History Department? Click here to browse.