Oct 18, 2018  
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog

History Archives (Graduate Certificate)

The certificate in archives provides graduate-level training in the profession but does not offer a full master’s degree in history. Some pursuing this certificate may already work in the archives profession but would like to acquire formal credentials. Others may pursue the certificate as a first step toward supplementing a related graduate degree with the intent of beginning a career as an archivist.


To be admitted to this certificate program, prospective students will apply to the graduate program of the History Department and must meet the same standards as students admitted to the MA program. Students completing the five courses will apply to the History Department for the certificate and will be awarded the certificate upon determination that they have successfully completed the requirements.

Students already enrolled in the history MA program may add the archives certificate program to their course of study. They do not need to go through the regular admissions process. To add the certificate, students must fill out the Graduate Student Additional Program Form and submit it to the graduate program director for approval. This option is available to graduate students in the history and public history tracks. Students in the archives track should not enroll in the archives certificate program.

History MA students who are also seeking an archives certificate may use up to one course to satisfy both the MA and certificate requirements. That means that such students must complete a total of 42 credits to receive both the history MA and the archives certificate. However, public history students who are also seeking an archives certificate must complete both

  AND HIST 635 Internship in Archives and Information Management. Those students must complete two different internships to receive both the history MA in the public history track and an archives certificate. Students may not, except under rare circumstances, take two internships in the same semester.

Students enrolled in other MA programs at UMass Boston should consult with the director of archives and graduate program director before submitting a Graduate Student Additional Program Form.