Master of Arts in History & Culture


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Program Description

Due to COVID-19:

  • GRE/GMAT standardized testing requirements will be optional for all “Masters” programs.
  • This waiver only applies to the Fall 2020 entering class
  • International students are still required to submit passing scores on the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE tests in order to meet the English language proficiency requirement.
  • We are always available for one on one online consultation. 

Shape the Story.

The History and Culture graduate program specializes in cultural and intellectual history, with a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary work. While its geographic focus remains European and American, the course of study emphasizes the production and dissemination of knowledge in global contexts. Students are trained to consider a range of intellectual and cultural problems of pressing contemporary relevance from multiple disciplinary perspectives.

The program emphasizes the training of teachers alongside scholars and preparation for non-academic as well as academic careers. Through opportunities such as internships, seminars, and workshops, students can receive additional training in various areas, including, but not limited to, publishing, digital media, museum curation, and philanthropic organizations.

"The professors at Drew really helped me to decide what kind of historian I wanted to be and encouraged me to explore parts of history I would never have considered. For example, Dr. Jonathan Rose’s course, The Victorian Mind, did not just focus on prominent philosophers in Victorian England. Dr. Rose incorporated studies of art, theater, and fiction to help us understand the political and cultural movements occurring at the time."

Emily Jelly G’12

Master of Arts in History and Culture

Curricular Components

Historiography – exposes students to numerous historical approaches over a variety of subjects and time periods, with the goal of understanding the kinds of questions historians ask and the various methodologies they use to study that past, via historical works critical to our collective understanding, and historiographical conversations between and among historians.

Methodology – covers methodological and/or theoretical approaches within history or from another discipline, via theoretical texts as well as work by scholars who use that theory.

Extradisciplinarity – develops familiarity with the scholarly perspectives, literature, and methods of an extra-disciplinary field, beyond history.

Research – develops the methods of historical scholarships, such as archival work, primary source analysis, and thesis and argument development, resulting in the preparation of a publishable paper, and supported by working closely with faculty members with expertise in the subject matter.

Admission Requirements

  • Start Terms: Fall
  • Deadline: February 1
  • Extended MA: Rolling after February 1
Application Requirements
  • For the master's program, a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Completed application form
  • Official transcripts from all higher education institutions
  • GRE scores (required for Ph.D., optional for MA)
  • Personal statement
  • Academic writing sample
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • $35 Application Fee
International Applicants

We invite you to join Drew’s international community of global citizen students from dozens of countries around the world.

The idea of studying in another country is exciting. We know that it also might feel overwhelming, but we are here to help you through the process. Much of the information you’ll need is here, but never hesitate to contact us if you have questions or need more support.

Supplemental Application Requirements

Provide Supporting Application Materials

In addition to submitting all specific program application materials, international students need to provide additional documents that will help evaluate your candidacy for admission.

  • TOEFL or IELTS Scores
    • International applicants whose first language is not English and who have received their Bachelor’s degree from a foreign university, even if English was the language of instruction, must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. The Data Analytics program has minimum requirements: TOEFL – 80 with 18 subscores/IELTS – 6.5 with 6.0 subscores. These scores must be current within 2 years of the semester you are applying to.
    • Use Code 2193, Department 21
  • TOEFL Waiver
    • Applicants that have completed a previous degree at an accredited institution where English is the language of instruction may request a waiver.
  • Transcript Evaluation
    • Applicants are encouraged to have international transcripts evaluated from a NACES member credential evaluation service organization.


Students in the MA and Ph.D. programs may choose to undertake an internship in a professional context where history and culture provide additional expertise, such as museums and libraries or specialized publishers, foundations, or businesses.


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