History MA

About the MA in History at Loyola

The MA in History program at Loyola University Chicago will foster your own natural inclination to study the past and gain a deeper understanding of world history. Through in-depth historical scholarship, you will sharpen your ability to research, analyze, interpret historical evidence, and effectively communicate ideas.

The 30-hour History MA will prepare you for a variety of career options, including professor of history, archivist, or historian. You will learn from engaged and dedicated faculty who will mentor and support you throughout the master's degree in history.

Program Structure

The MA in History program can be pursued either full time or part time. Classes are held at Loyola's Lake Shore Campus, conveniently located on Chicago's North Side and a short train ride away from downtown.

Are you a current Loyola undergrad?

This program is eligible for an Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's degree. Earn a Master’s with only one extra year of study following the completion of your eligible undergraduate degree.


Why Choose Loyola for your MA in History?

Learn from history experts

Throughout the MA in History program, you will learn historiography, historical methods, and more from a faculty of history experts. This program focuses on Public History and US and Social and Cultural History with specialties in Urban History, Digital History, Women's and Gender History, and Transnational History.

Through two 500-level research seminars, you will engage in original research projects. One of the seminars is in your major field; the second may be in your major or minor field.

Major Fields
  • United States
Minor Fields
  • Gender and Women's History
  • Modern Europe
  • Public History
  • United States

With an MA in History, you can lay the foundation for careers in a range of sectors, from education to government, and for a variety of roles.

Whether you choose to pursue the PhD in History at Loyola University Chicago or another institution, the MA in History will give you the preparation you need to succeed.

History Department

The discipline of history has expanded in scope, theory and methodology in recent decades. The Department of History reflects these changes while maintaining Loyola's traditional strengths in Medieval, Modern Western European and United States history. Find stories showcasing current students and graduates from the History MA program and learn more about why Loyola is right for you.

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Meet the Faculty

Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the department faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the History MA program.


Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the History MA program may vary from semester to semester, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

Additionally, this resource will provide History MA learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your graduate and professional studies a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

If you are a current Loyola undergraduate or recent alum, you may be eligible for a Returning Rambler discount. Learn more and see if you qualify on our Returning Rambler Scholarship page.

Tuition and Costs

The estimated tuition and fees for the History MA totals $34950.00, or 30 credit hours at a cost of $1,165.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a yearly basis, please visit Tuition and Fees from the Office of the Bursar.

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Application Process

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the History MA are listed below. Please keep in mind that both the application and the required materials must be submitted by the specified deadline.

Fall: May 1
Spring: October 1

Please note that applications are not reviewed until the fall priority deadline passes.

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the History MA include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • 3 Letters of Recommendation

  • 3.0 Minimum GPA

  • Statement of Purpose

  • Writing Sample

Prerequisite Course Requirements

Normally, students should have 18 hours of undergraduate coursework in history.

Statement of Purpose Details

Please write a brief statement describing your academic and research interests as well as your professional goals. Please note there is a writing sample requirement that needs to be completed in addition to this section.

Official Documents

Official transcripts are those that are sent directly by the college/university to Loyola University Chicago. Transcripts sent by the student to Loyola are considered unofficial documents, and while they may be utilized for initial review of your application, official transcripts are still required. Official documents should be sent by the institution to gradapp@luc.edu.

International Applicant Requirements

An official English language proficiency exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. If you have non-U.S. educational credentials, you are required to submit an official transcript evaluation. The transcript evaluation cannot be waived.

Please visit our International Applicant Requirements page for specific information regarding the application process for international students.

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