Master of Art Programs in Modern History

Compare 7 MAs in Modern History

An MA, or Master of Arts, is an advanced degree in the social sciences or humanities. It typically expands upon what is learned in a four-year Bachelor of Arts.

What is an MA in Modern History? This is a master’s degree that focuses specifically on history since the 16th century, or history since the medieval period. If you pursue a degree in modern history, you should expect coursework that focuses on the early modern period, sometimes called the Renaissance; the late modern period, beginning with the mid-18th century; and contemporary history, or events since approximately 1945.

As with many advanced degrees in the social sciences and humanities, an MA in Modern History can help you develop strong critical thinking skills, the ability to explain why society is the way it is today and the ability to analyze the human experience. These skills are useful in many careers that involve working with others.

The cost for any master’s degree can vary from one program to the next, and the same is true for an MA in Modern History. For many prospective students, cost is a factor, so contact the school directly when considering a specific program to learn more.

While many who pursue an MA in Modern History do so with the hope of going into teaching history, there are a variety of career options that may be available to you with this degree. Degrees in the humanities and social sciences are in demand because they often demonstrate to potential employers both strong problem-solving skills and writing skills. This may make you a good candidate for a career as a human resources specialist or as an educator or education administrator, for example.

If you are interested in an MA in Modern History, there are many programs available to you, both online and at more traditional institutions. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

Read More

MA in Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Kean University
Campus Full time Part time September 2019 USA New York Union + 1 more

he Masters of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Kean University – one of only three such programs in the United States – is exceptionally poised to inspire leaders in education, human rights, public policy, and other growing professional fields for the 21st century. [+]

The Masters of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies program at Kean University – one of only three such programs in the United States – is exceptionally poised to inspire leaders in education, human rights, public policy, and other growing professional fields for the 21st century.

Situated at one of our nation’s most diverse universities in the culturally rich region of central New Jersey and metropolitan New York City, its main concern is to understand our world’s people and nations who endured extreme assault and now seek recognition as international players. Kean’s Masters of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies offers ample opportunities to grasp and influence this historical dynamic.... [-]


Master of Arts in History (Holocaust and Genocide Studies)

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time Part time 1 year September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam + 1 more

The one-year Master's programme Holocaust and Genocide Studies explores 20th-century genocides from the vantage point of different disciplines. [+]

The one-year Master's programme Holocaust and Genocide Studies explores 20th-century genocides from the vantage point of different disciplines.

Understanding the Unthinkable

Genocide and mass atrocities are often presented in a way that makes violence seem inexplicable, thus inexorable. Similarly, perpetrators are portrayed as being actors motivated solely by an irrational hatred. And yet, genocide is a recurrent and contemporary historical dilemma. How can we explain this discrepancy? In the Master's programme Holocaust and Genocide Studies, we seek to demystify genocide by taking an interdisciplinary, scholarly approach to understanding genocide and mass atrocities.

Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the UvA ... [-]

MA Postcolonial Studies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The MA Postcolonial Studies Programme offers a focus on the historical relationships of power, domination, and practices of imperialism and colonialism in the modern period (late nineteenth-century to the present) through the study of literature and culture. [+]

MA Postcolonial Studies

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

The MA Postcolonial Studies Programme offers a focus on the historical relationships of power, domination, and practices of imperialism and colonialism in the modern period (late nineteenth-century to the present) through the study of literature and culture.

The core module will introduce a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches to the literature, film, and media of these areas. A range of literary, filmic and theoretical texts from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Near and Middle East will normally be included in the reading list. These will address representations of colonialism and decolonization, neo-colonialism, nationalism in postcolonial societies and diasporic experiences, allowing us to explore the heterogeneous meanings, intersections, and strategies of analysis that have emerged with reference to postcolonial studies.... [-]


MA in Modern British Studies

University of Birmingham - College of Arts and Law
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

This programme provides an intellectually rigorous introduction to Modern British Studies through two core modules and your choice of optional modules. [+]

This programme provides an intellectually rigorous introduction to Modern British Studies through two core modules and your choice of optional modules.

You will benefit from the expertise of a large number of British historians at Birmingham, who will both teach on the programme and provide expert supervision for your dissertation.

Times Higher Education ranked the Department of History first in the country for its performance in the latest Research Excellence Framework exercise.

You will study four core modules:

New Directions in Modern British Studies Sites and Sources in Modern British Studies Historical Methods: Research Skills Research Skills: Dissertation Preparation ... [-]

MA in Contemporary History

University of Birmingham - College of Arts and Law
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

This programme approaches contemporary history through issues and problems with vital on-going importance, including environmental politics, information technology, post-colonial migration, internationalism and empire. [+]

This programme approaches contemporary history through issues and problems with vital on-going importance, including environmental politics, information technology, post-colonial migration, internationalism and empire.

It does so across the 20th century and up to the present day, without geographical limits. It, therefore, offers a wide range of modules on history at a variety of scales: from the self to the city, from nation to Imperium.

The MA in Contemporary History allows you to benefit from the expertise of a very large number of modern and contemporary historians at Birmingham. You will be able to specialise in many areas of British, American, African, South Asian, Middle East and European History. The programme also provides ideal preparation for PhD research.... [-]


MA in Modern History and International Relations

University of Groningen
Campus Full time 12 months February 2019 Netherlands Groningen

Are you a talented student and interested in modern history and international relations? Is a career in research something you aspire to? Then this track is exactly what you are looking for. [+]

Are you a talented student and interested in modern history and international relations? Is a career in research something you aspire to? Then this track is exactly what you are looking for.

You can take the Master's track in Modern History and International Relations as a track within the Research Master's degree programme in History or the Research Master's degree programme in International Relations.

The two-year Master's track in Modern History and International Relations teaches you to carry out independent academic research in the fields of modern history and international relations. You will explore recent developments in these fields and study relevant theoretical and methodological backgrounds. You will learn about subjects such as the international political economy, the history of cultural identity and European cooperation and integration.... [-]


Master in Cultural History of Modern Europe

Utrecht University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 Netherlands Utrecht + 1 more

In the Master’s program in Cultural History of Modern Europe, you will study Europe’s position in the world from a cultural-historical perspective, with an emphasis on modern history. Our program offers you profound insight into the history of ideas and practices that form the identities of individuals, groups, and societies, including heritage and public history in international frameworks. [+]

Explore Europe’s history and culture from a global perspective

In this program, we examine the role of culture in shaping past and present. We explore what culture is. We learn about the history of ideas and social practices, study how people use history today, apply cultural theories, and explore the formation of social identities and heritage.

The historians in the program are specialists in the fields of empire, public history, race, media history, history of the body, intellectual history, heritage studies and digital humanities. We bring our academic expertise into classroom discussions.

The scope of the program is Europe in a global setting. We use transnational and comparative approaches to our topics. We ensure there is a balance between the theory and practice of cultural history and heritage through the combination of courses, internships, and thesis. Students put theory into practice in their internships. Some choose internships at leading cultural history institutions while others select research-based internships working on cutting-edge projects with Utrecht researchers. Whichever option you choose, you will experience the challenges of being a historian in a changing society. Your internship experience should be connected to the research you do for your thesis, which is the product of a rigorous and rewarding process.... [-]