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Graduate Programs in History

Villanova University's History Department offers a wide variety of degree options for students with an earned Bachelor's degree, including a Master of Arts in History, a combined MA in History and Public Administration with a Certificate in Non Profit Management, and various Graduate Certificates in History.

Villanova is one of the few academic institutions in the country that offer only a master’s degree in History, rather than both the MA and PhD, meaning you will get the full attention of our faculty. The program is designed to serve your diverse academic interests and goals. We both rigorously prepare students for PhD study and provide them with innovative curricular opportunities to explore other career options.

Villanova’s flexible graduate programs may be adapted to individual needs and goals. Students may begin taking courses in the fall, spring or summer sessions, and may take courses on a part-time or full-time basis. All courses are offered in the evening.

Located in the Philadelphia region steeped in history and with easy access to premier research facilities along the Northeast corridor, the department offers students unparalleled opportunity to grow as scholars, expand their teaching repertoires, or make a career change.

The purpose of the attached chart is to show the variety of career opportunities available to historians. Areas of employment are extensive. Click HERE to view!


Where are they now?

Here are recent graduates. Find out where they are and how an MA in History helped get them there.


Dane DiFebo

Dane DiFebo (MA '11)

Since November 2015, I have worked as the Museum Educator at The National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, PA. More...

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Melanie Dudley (MA '16)

Melanie is Attorney Recruitment and Development Project Assistant at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP.

Dr. David E. Goldberg

Dr. David E. Goldberg (MA '07)

Assistant Professor of U.S. History, Drury University. More...

Matthew Landis

Matthew Landis (MA '13)

Teacher and Novelist, Central Bucks School District.  More...

Rebecca Capobianco

Rebecca Capobianco (MA '13)

Web-Based Curriculum Developer, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, Virginia, giving a tour of the Sunken Road.  More...

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Lynne Hartnett, PhD

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