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Master of Arts [MA] (History) - Course Overview




    2 YEARS




    Post Graduation

Master of Arts in 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. Candidates with Bachelor’s degree in any faculty or discipline, with a minimum of 50% marks are eligible to take 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.

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

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 freshers is around INR 10,000 to 20,000 per month. Check MA History Career Options and Jobs

Duration of MA History

Masters in 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. 

MA History: What is it 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. 

Check MA History Syllabus

Who should opt for MA History?

Candidates possessing good intellectual skills and critical analysis abilities should opt for this course. If you want to become curator of museums and heritage sites or join journalism, then you must pursue the course. 

The graduates of MA 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.

Candidate who wish to pursue masters in history should know to how to research, analyze and present things in a clear and coherent way.  

Top Institutes offering MA History

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 


Hindu College

New Delhi

Fergusson College


Stella Maris College


Hansraj College


Ramjas College

New Delhi

Jesus & Mary College 


Kamala Nehru College for Women


Presidency College


Sri Venkateshwara College

New Delhi

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

Interested aspirants for MA History are required to fulfil the below-mentioned eligibility criteria.

  • Completion of Bachelor’s Degree in any faculty or discipline from a recognized university
  • Minimum of 50% marks at the level of graduation  
  • 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)

Admission to MA History is done in the below-mentioned 3 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 which provide admission to Masters in History through Entrance Exams are: 

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

Colleges that offer Direct Admission to this course are:

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

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.



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