The MA/MSc program asks students to analyze large-scale historical processes, pursue empirical research, and produce their own comparative and cross-cultural histories.


The program is organized around a two-year sequence of core courses, which culminates in a master's dissertation. In addition, students choose from a rich offering of electives according to individual research interests.

Columbia Courses

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LSE Courses

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Language Requirement

Language training is a critical component of the program, preparing students for multi-archival research.

Research Clusters

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