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Master of Arts
History of Education

Examine the links between the history of education and current issues of public policy. Prepare for a career as a teacher, administrator, policy analyst, educational consultant, or foundation executive. Not currently accepting applications.

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Official Degree Title

Master of Arts in History of Education

Full-time or Part-time

Not Currently Accepting Applications

We are suspending applications for Fall 2022 admission while the faculty are conducting a review of the program. Please check back for information on Fall 2023 admissions at a later time.


If you have any additional questions about our degree, please feel free to contact Tori Laubenstine at

You will graduate able to:

  • Analyze and critique past and present theories about the function of the school and the role of the teacher in the educative process
  • Use historical data and argument to cast light on contemporary educational issues
  • Produce an original research paper that uses primary and secondary sources to explore a dimension of educational history

As a student in the History of Education MA, you will work closely with your advisors to plan a program that suits your interests and aspirations. You may focus your studies on the history of schools and colleges or other institutions of education, including the family, the press, and political or social movements. Often, you will be able to link the history of education to current issues of public policy.

Course work usually includes studies in philosophy as well as in the history of education; much of it is done in the form of supervised independent study. Students are encouraged to enroll in courses throughout the University and to take advantage of New York City's abundant cultural resources.

Many graduates go on to executive positions in foundations or become educational consultants. Graduates from our degree also secure teaching positions in high school and post-secondary levels. The demand for professors of history of education has increased in recent years and is expected to continue to rise.


James Fraser

Professor of History and Education, Department of Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities (Spring 2021 Sabbatical)

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