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History Graduate Program

  • Earn Your Way In

    Excel in 3 Degree Courses to Qualify for Admission

  • Format

    Online for 2021–2022

  • Average Course Tuition


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Examine the past through a variety of critical approaches.

Engage in deep investigation of how evidence and historical narratives have developed over time.

What You'll Learn

Through the degree in the field of history you:

  • Gain a 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.
  • Earn an optional certificate in American literature and culture.

Your Harvard Degree
Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Extension Studies, field: History.

With their historical and cross-culture knowledge of people, places, and political/social movements, our history students have gone on to top PhD programs.

  • 40

    Average Age

  • 1-2

    Courses Taken Each Semester

  • 75%

    Work Full Time

  • 98%

    Would Recommend the Program

  • 18 Years

    Professional Experience

  • Most

    Pursued For Personal Enrichment

Getting Started: Admissions and Degree Requirements

At Harvard Extension School, your admission is based largely on your performance in three specific Harvard Extension courses that you complete before submitting an application.

To get started, we invite you to explore degree requirements, confirm your initial eligibility, and learn more about our unique “earn your way in” admissions process.

Cost and Financial Aid

Affordability is core to our mission. When compared to our continuing education peers, it’s a fraction of the cost.

Our Tuition (2021–22 rate) $2,980 per 4-credit course ($745 per credit)
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $5,476 per course
Average Total Cost $35,760

After admission, you may qualify for financial aid. Typically, eligible students receive grant funds to cover a portion of tuition costs each term, in addition to federal financial aid options.

Webinar: Program Information Session

Are you considering graduate studies in international relations, government, or history?

Watch this on-demand webinar to learn more about the master’s degree programs in these fields.

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