History (Global, International & Comparative)


The Georgetown Master of Arts in History (Global, International and Comparative History (MAGIC) provides an educational foundation for professional participation in the world of global affairs. History as a discipline aims to analyze and integrate politics and states, production and work, environment and society, culture and religion, gender and family.

The MAGIC program welcomes applicants with strong analytical, language and writing skills who are seeking a program offering integrated global and comparative historical perspectives. The program considers applicants who have completed a B.A. or equivalent degree in history, a social science or literature and culture. In exceptional cases, we will consider strong applicants with majors in other fields.

An undergraduate GPA above 3.3 is expected, and above 3.5 is encouraged. For students with native languages other than English, strong English skills, as demonstrated by the TOEFL, will be required for admission. The MAGIC program admits students in the fall so they can commence their studies the following spring semester.

Degrees Offered

  • M.A.

Degree Requirements

The MAGIC program consists of 10 courses (30 credits). The ten courses are normally taken over the course of three semesters, but may extend over four. In addition to having access to the department’s breadth, students may take up to two courses outside of the history department.

The goal is to allow students to craft (with a faculty advisor) their own programs and placing a nation or a world region in international context as well as explore developments from the 16th century to the present. Participants may choose to emphasize any time period.

All students must demonstrate competence in at least one language other than English by passing the existing department-administered examination before beginning their third full semester in the program. For students with native languages other than English, the native language plus English will normally fulfill the program’s language requirement.

Application Deadlines

  • January 1 (priority)
  •  April 1 (final)