Graduate Programs

PhD in History

The PhD in history prepares students for careers in college teaching, digital media, publishing, educational administration, public history, and historical research. Students gain expertise in both conventional historical methods and web-based technologies.

MA in Art History

The MA in art history draws on departmental strengths in traditional research, the application of new media, and the vast cultural resources of the Washington, DC area. Students study a broad range of art-historical periods, theory, and research methods. The master’s program emphasizes new media skills, museology, and pre-professional internship training.

MA in History

Students in the MA in history program select an area of specialization in American history, European history, or world history. They choose from one of four concentrations.

Accelerated MA in Art History

Highly qualified undergraduates in any major who have taken at least two 300-level art history courses with a minimum grade of B+ in each may apply to the accelerated master's degree in art history.

Accelerated MA in History

Highly-qualified Mason undergraduates may apply to the accelerated master's degree program and obtain both bachelor's and master's degrees in history after satisfactory completion of 144 credits. The BA and MA earned separately require 120 and 30 credits respectively. Well-prepared undergraduates are encouraged to apply when they have completed between 75 and 90 credits.

Graduate Certificate in Digital Public Humanities

A product of a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the  Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, this graduate certificate program is fully online and part-time, and students can pursue it as a stand alone option or while attending another graduate program.  The program consists of three online courses followed by a 6-credit remote internship with a unit of the Smithsonian.  The program is intended for anyone seeking a career as a humanities professional, or for those who are already in such careers but are wanting to develop their digital skills.  It is particularly suited for careers in public history, education, librarianship, publishing, and various forms of government and non-profit work.