What Makes Us Different

An innovative curriculum includes a two-year sequence of reading and research seminars, interdisciplinary electives, and intensive foreign language training. Esteemed faculty provide our students with new frameworks and the tools to understand the transnational forces that have shaped our world. At the heart of the program is the two-year dissertation, an original scholarly work based on empirical research and analysis.

Students spend the first year at Columbia University in the City of New York and the second year at the London School of Economics, and receive degrees from both institutions. Immersed in the vibrant intellectual communities of two of the world’s great cities, graduates are prepared for careers in government, journalism, think tanks, NGOs, and academia.

The world is more interconnected than ever. Join leading historians to study how we arrived here. Prospective applicants are encouraged to read our section on eligibility for information on how to apply.

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Discover more about our two-year curriculum, courses, and language requirement.

Columbia Alma Mater

Ready to apply? Submit an application through the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GSAS) at Columbia University.

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The dual MA/MSc is taught by preeminent historians at Columbia and the LSE. With two advisors, students benefit from the intellectual communities on both sides of the Atlantic. 

The Dissertation

The dissertation is the single most important component of the dual degree, and for many students it is also the most rewarding. The program is structured to ensure that students have adequate time and access to funding so that they may take on unique and ambitious projects. MA/MSc students have the ability to work with faculty from both institutions, as well as considerable freedom in their choice of topic and methodology. Upon graduation, many students go on to publish their dissertations. View all past dissertations here

Sample Courses

Here are a selection of courses offered at Columbia and the London School of Economics. 

Arab Spring Protest, Bahraim
Source: Flickr, Al Jazeera English
Islamic Movements in the Modern Middle East

This course examines the growth and development of Islamic political and social movements in the Middle East over the past century and a half, and their roots in earlier trends and tendencies within the Islamic world. 

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Marketplace, Source: MA/MSc Program
Transnational Migration and Citizenship

This course will read recent scholarship on migration and citizenship (with some nod to classic works); as well as theoretical work by historians and social scientists in the U.S. and Europe on the changing conceptual frameworks that are now shaping the field. 

The Quebec Conference Postcard
Source: MA/MSc Program
Anglo-American Relations from World War to Cold War, 1939-91

This course analyses the changing nature of the Anglo-American "special" relationship from its creation against the backdrop of the Second World War in Europe through to the end of the Cold War.

Shipping and Sea Power in Asian Waters
Source: MA/MSc Program
East Asia in the Age of Imperialism, 1839-1945

The course looks at the origins and the political, strategic, economic and cultural consequences of the arrival of Western imperialism in East Asia. 

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Mossadegh with Truman, Source: U.S. National Archives
The Cold War in the Persian Gulf

This seminar examines the international history of the Persian Gulf during the Cold War (1945-1991) as an ongoing struggle among external powers and local actors for regional supremacy.

Protest in Africa
Source: MA/MSc Program
Race Violence and Colonial Rule in Africa

This course examines the nature of colonial rule in Africa and its impact. It is focused upon the violence inherent in this encounter, its different forms and origins. It is essentially a political history but includes cultural, social and economic aspects. 

Alumni Spotlight

Graduates of the MA/MSc go on to successful careers in academia, government and civil service, non-profit organizations, journalism, finance, and more. Explore our alumni profiles to see what our graduates are up to today. To see all our alumni, click here