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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Academic

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

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Admissions

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

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Faculty

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. 

Jane Blankenship Gibson working as a spectroscopist for Lockheed Aircraf
Jane Blankenship Gibson, Spectroscopist at Lockheed Aircraft, 1961. Source: Smithsonian Institution
Women as Cold War Weapons

Cold War ideological campaigns for the “hearts and minds” abutted “hot war” confrontations between 1945 and 1991, and women engaged with both. This seminar examines the history of government and private sector mechanisms used to export national ideals by and about women in order to enact American foreign policy agendas in the Cold War. 

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Marketplace, Source: MA/MSc Program
Borderlands

This course will argue for a broader spatial history of empire by looking at sites such as "frontiers" and "borderlands" in a theoretical and comparative perspective.

Lyndon B. Johnson meets with Prime Minister Harold Wilson 1966
Lyndon B. Johnson and Prime Minister Harold Wilson, 1966. Source: Wikimedia Commons
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.

Migrant workers crossing US border, 1971
Migrant workers at U.S. border, 1971. Source: U.S. National Archives
Transnational America

This course will grapple with the implications of the so-called “transnational turn” in American hemispheric studies. The ultimate goal of the course is to prompt students to conceptualize the Americas as a broader American interconnected transborder space, rather than a hemisphere of different nation-states.

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. 

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