The study of history reveals the past, enlightens the present, and influences the future. Historians seek to understand how nations, societies, and individuals have lived and thought, and why they have behaved the way they did.

A crowd in front of the Taj Mahal.
  • Degree Offerings
  • Faculty
  • Application Requirements
  • Contact the Department

Apply Now

Request Information

Questions about your application?

Contact us:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Bendetson Hall
Medford, MA 02155
(617) 627-3395

M.A. in History

The master's program in history is a small, selective program of graduate study that emphasizes comparative understanding of historical process. It is organized around colloquia in comparative and regional topics, the preparation of specific fields, and individual research in consultation with a faculty member.

The program is designed both to prepare students for doctoral programs in history and to enhance the historical knowledge and interpretive skills of professionals working in secondary schools, libraries, foundations, and museums.

Ph.D. in History

The Ph.D. program in history accepts only well-prepared students who intend to work closely with a particular Tufts faculty member. Students in the Tufts M.A. program may apply to be transferred into the Ph.D. program after one year of study, and the department will consider applications from students who have completed a master's degree in history or the equivalent elsewhere.

The Tufts Department of History offers the Ph.D. in history in the following fields:

Visit the Department of History

Related programs:


Alisha Rankin
Assistant Professor and Chair
Ph.D. , Harvard University
Early Modern Europe
Steven P. Marrone
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Ph.D , Harvard University
Medieval and Early Modern Europe
Rachel Applebaum
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , University of Chicago
Russia and Eastern Europe
David Ekbladh
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Columbia University
U.S. in the World and International History
Elizabeth Foster
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Princeton University
Modern France in the World and Colonial West Africa
Ayesha Jalal
Ph.D. , Cambridge
South Asia and the Muslim World
Gary P. Leupp
Ph.D. , University of Michigan
History of Japan
Kris Manjapra
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Harvard University
Modern South Asia and Modern Germany
Beatrice F. Manz
Ph.D. , Harvard University
Middle East and Inner Asia
Jeanne Marie Penvenne
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Boston University
African History and Labor Migration
David Proctor
Senior Lecturer
Ph.D. , Tufts University
Late-antique and Medieval Western Europe, Byzantium and Southeastern Europe
Professor of History at Tufts University James Rice
James Rice
Ph.D. , University of Maryland
Early America, Native American, and Environmental History
Hugh Roberts
Associate Professor
D. Phil. , Oxford University
Edward Keller Professor of North African and Middle Eastern History, North Africa, Middle East
Kendra Taira Field
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , New York University
Nineteenth-century U.S., African American, Native American
Reed Ueda
Ph.D. , Harvard University
Industrial and urban U.S. immigration
Peter Winn
Ph.D. , Cambridge University
Latin America
Man Xu
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Columbia University
Chinese History

Application Deadline

Fall: January 15


> Application fee
> Resume/CV
> Personal statement

- Please detail your planned dissertation field.

> Official GRE scores
> Official TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
> Transcripts
> Three letters of recommendation
> Proficiency in one foreign language
> Writing sample

- Submit a statement of intent, detailing the planned dissertation field

Be in touch with Professors Ayesha Jalal and Kris Manjapra for the Modern South Asia program, and with Professor Kris Manjapra for Global History


> Application fee 
> Resume/CV
> Personal statement
> Official GRE required

- GRE scores are not required for current Tufts undergraduates applying for an M.A. 

> Official TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
> Transcripts
> Three letters of recommendation
> Writing sample

For questions about the M.A. program, including scholarships and assistantships, please contact the graduate program director, Professor Steven P. Marrone.

If you are applying to the Ph.D. program, contact Professors Aysha Jalal and Kris Manjapra for the Modern South Asia program, and TBD for Global History.

Department of History
Upper Campus Road
East Hall, Room 010
Medford, MA 02155

Tel:  617.627.3520