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Students who complete the MA in our program have found success, whether they continue their education in a doctoral program or enter the workforce. Our alumni enroll in in doctoral programs in the social sciences and humanities at a range of top institutions, including The New School. They can be found in tenured and tenure-track positions at research universities, liberal arts colleges, and other institutions. Other graduates use the writing, critical thinking, and research skills they have developed as historians at places as diverse as the George Lucas Educational Foundation, Rolling Stone, Credit Suisse, numerous primary and secondary schools, university-affiliated research institutions, and more. A sample of recent alumni outcomes is below.
To get a sense of the work of our recent graduates, read the Research Matters profile of MA alumnus Rien Fertel, who received a PhD at Tulane University after completing his degree at The New School for Social Research. A James Beard-nominated author and historian, Fertel teaches at the University of Mississippi.
For individuals interested in thinking more about a graduate degree in history, we recommend “The Many Careers of History PhD’s,” a report published by the American Historical Association in spring 2013. Their findings illustrate employment rates for historians across a range of fields.
General Admission Contact
The New School for Social Research
Office of Admission
79 Fifth Avenue, 5th FloorNew York, NY 10003
212.229.5600 or 800.523.5411
Committee on Historical Studies
80 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor
New York, NY 10011
Tel: 212.229.5100 ext. 3385
Student Advisor: Çagla Orpen
Advisor Office Schedule
Department of Historical Studies Handbook (PDF)