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MA in History in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Master of Arts in History (MA-HIST) is a two-year graduate program that builds upon and enhances the skills and knowledge gained from an undergraduate history program. It exposes students to the scholarship and research techniques of history. The program aims to promote critical thinking, improve research skills, and develop competencies in evaluating evidence, organizing historical information, and writing historical narratives.

Recommended Undergraduate Program

Students who wish to pursue a graduate degree in the Master of Arts in History should have an undergraduate degree in the humanities field. However, students who do not hold an undergraduate program in that field but still wish to pursue the program are encouraged to take at least 18 units of courses in the relevant fields.

Subjects and Curriculum

  • Research Methods
  • Historiography
  • The Philippines during the Japanese Occupation
  • The Philippines during the American Era
  • The Philippines under Spain
  • The pre-colonial Philippines
  • Philosophy of History
  • The post-war Philippines
  • Historical Methodology

Admission Requirements


  • The student must have an undergraduate degree relevant to the program
  • An applicant with a degree not in line with the humanities field may still be admitted to the program as long as they take the pre-requisite courses. However, some colleges and universities admit any bachelor’s degree holders. 
  • The student must pass the Graduate Admissions Test of the university

Basic Requirements
  • Undergraduate Transcript of records (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letters from former professors, deans, or colleagues
  • Letter of intent
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Copy of undergraduate diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2”ID Picture

Areas of Specialization

  • Political History
  • Social History
  • Economic History
  • Legal History
  • Diplomatic History
  • Military History
  • Intellectual History
  • Universal History

Program Outcome

Graduates of Master of Arts in History are expected to be able to:

  • Articulate the latest developments in their specific field of practice
  • Work effectively and independently in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams
  • Demonstrate professional, social, and ethical responsibility, especially in practicing intellectual property rights and sustainable development

Board Exam

The Master of Arts in History does not have a board examination. However, graduates may opt to take the Civil Service Examination (CSE) conducted by the Philippine Civil Service Commission (PCSC) to qualify in working in government offices. Some graduates opt to take a Doctorate degree to further gain expertise in the industry. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates of Master of Arts in History may pursue a career path in museums, public and private libraries, educational institutions,  government agencies, and corporate offices that need specialized management of significant documents and historical records. They may apply as a high school teacher, a college history professor, historian, archivist, director of library and archives, curator, or a librarian.

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