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Master of Arts [MA] (History)




    2 YEARS




    Post Graduation

Master of Arts History or MA History is a 2 year postgraduate course that is offered in India. It is a full-time course but some colleges offer this course in distance learning mode also.  The candidates with a Bachelor’s Degree in any faculty or discipline, with a minimum of 50% marks are eligible for taking admission to this course.

MA History is an attempt to supplement the basic knowledge of Ancient Indian Culture in all its parameters; this course provides a thorough understanding of various views of our history and civilization. It helps in encouraging the preservation and management of our heritage.

Subjects pursing this course have to study different subjects like History of India, Ancient History, Medieval History, Economical History, World History, etc. This course is offered by many reputed Government and Private Colleges in India. The tuition fee of this course varies from 5, 000 INR to 20, 000 INR.

The students who pursue MA History can work in various sectors like journalism, publishing, educational administration, tourism or heritage management, government jobs etc. After completion of this course, the average package for fresher will be Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 20,000 per month.

What is MA History all about?

MA History program is designed to communicate understanding of  historical incidences and development as well as to convey skills of historical investigation and support the historical imagination. The course teaches students to inquire historically while making use of insights and interpretative methods of other areas, and it seeks to promote a spirit of decisive thinking about modern social questions.

Who shpuld opt for MA HISTORY?

If you possess good intellectual skills and critical analysis abilities then this course is a good choice for you. If you want to become curator of museums and heritage sites or join journalism, then you can opt for this course.

The graduates of MA in History are not just for promising historians. A linked academic career may tempt you, of course, but History is also one of the most diverse Humanities subjects, with use in a variety of jobs.

The candidate who wants to go for this course should know to how to research, analyze and present things in a clear and coherent way.  

Duration of MA HISTORY

Masters of Arts History is a 2 year post graduate course. The duration of the course may vary in some colleges/universities. There are total 4 semesters spread over the span of 2 years. Exams are held at the end of each semester. The maximum duration of this course can be extended up to 4-5 years. 

Top Institutes

There are many reputed institutes and universities that offer this course. Some of the top institutes are mentioned below:-

Name of the college


St. Xavier's College


Miranda House

New Delhi

Christ College


Madras Christian College (MCC)


Hindu College

New Delhi

Fergusson College


Stella Maris College


Hansraj College


Ramjas College

New Delhi

Jesus & Mary College (JMC)


Kamala Nehru College for Women


Presidency College


Sri Venkateshwara College

New Delhi

Eligibility Of the Master of Arts [MA] (History)

The candidates with a Bachelor’s Degree in any faculty or discipline, with a minimum of 50% marks are eligible for taking admission to this course. Though, candidates from Arts background are given preference.  The maximum age of the candidate should not be more than 26 years. 

How to Get Admission in Master of Arts [MA] (History)

The admission to this course can be done by three ways:-

Entrance Test: - Many colleges conduct Entrance exams for the admission to this course. The question paper mainly consists of three sections:-

  • English Section
  • Social Sciences/ Current Affairs
  • History

Colleges that conduct Entrance Exams are:-

  • St. Xavier's College, Mumbai
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)
  • Delhi University
  • Jamia Millia Islamia

Direct admission- Some colleges also offer direct admission to this course.

Colleges that offer Direct Admission to this course are:-

  • Vinayak Ganesh Vaze College of Arts
  • Osmania University College for Women
  • KJ Somaiya College of Arts and Commerce
  • Stella Maris College

Lateral entry: - Some colleges also offer admission to the second year of this course like Annamalai University and Karnataka Open University.

Correspondence Mode of Study

Many colleges or Universities offer MA History in the distance mode like Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU),Mumbai University and Karnataka State Open University.

Academic Options after MA History:-

Students can either look for a job or pursue further studies after completion of this course. Mentioned below are some advanced courses, which a candidate can pursue after MA History:-       

·        M. Phil in Ancient Indian History Culture and Archaeology

·        M. Phil in History

·        M. Phil in History and Archaeology

·        PhD in Ancient History

·        PhD in History (Medieval and Modern)

·        PhD in History of Arts

·        PhD in History and Archaeology

·        PhD in History

·        PhD in Ancient Indian History, Culture and Architecture.