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University of Massachusetts Lowell

Lowell , Massachusetts ,United States

Master of Arts in History

The Master of Arts degree in history educates students in the essential skills of analysis, comprehension, critical thinking, and public speaking. It develops the ability to analyze large quantities of data, to identify patterns and trends, and to write a clear narrative that explains those results. Such skills apply to a wide range of careers, including teaching, gallery and museum work; archive management; government and public service; business and legal research; and consulting.

Campus Information


UMass Lowell is located in historic mill city of Lowell, Mass., 45-minutes north of Boston, at the intersections of Routes 495, 93 and 3. The birthplace of Jack Kerouac and the Industrial Revolution, Lowell's history echoes all around you. Former mill buildings and cobblestone streets now add charm to a bustling downtown, steps away from the UMass Lowell campus, which boasts a thriving arts scene, a population rich in cultural diversity, and a flair for festivals.

Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

PSW Opportunity

3 Years of PSW

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • An undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better, which may be waived if students have substantive work experience in the field, including successful classroom teaching
  • Official score from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) - GREs are waived for UMass Lowell B.A./M.A students in history, UMass Lowell alumni with a minimum 3.0 GPA who apply within five years of graduation and applicants with a master’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement
  • A curriculum vitae summarizing education and work experience
  • The department’s Graduate Admissions Committee may request an interview

International Applicants

  • Students for whom English is not a national language must submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score.
  • English proficiency testing
  • TOEFL minimum 79
  • IELTS minimum 6.5