Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

School of Arts and Sciences

Global and Comparative History


33 Livingston Avenue

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in Global and Comparative History

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Global and Comparative History Master’s Degree Program at Rutgers—The State University of New Jersey is especially for students looking for a “bridge” M.A. program to increase their prospects for future admission to leading Ph.D. programs in the field, as well as for current and prospective teachers facing the challenge of offering courses in world history and cultures at the middle and secondary school levels. Centered at the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University, this master’s degree draws on the strength of a faculty with nearly twenty members working on various aspects of global history who have made major scholarly contributions to the field. Among the areas of faculty specialization are Indian, African, Asian, Latin American, and Middle Eastern history.


Global and comparative history courses have long formed a significant part of the History undergraduate major at Rutgers, and have flourished as a minor field within the Ph.D. program. M.A. students will benefit greatly from access to the resources of a major public research institution.

  • Strength of Scholarship. The Rutgers History Department has long been a national leader in world history and bringing global perspectives to courses on European and American history.
  • Small Classes. Enable extensive and personal interaction between faculty and graduates, and among Master’s and doctoral students. 
  • Flexibility. Late afternoon and evening classes make it possible for working professionals to pursue their responsibilities while they complete an advanced degree, either full- or part-time.
  • Accessibility. With easy access to the Turnpike and NJ Transit, the program is available to students from throughout New Jersey and beyond.
  • Educational Value. Students in the program have the opportunity to participate in capstone courses and final projects tailored to each graduate’s teaching needs.


The program offers courses that focus on key culture areas in world historical perspective, major themes and processes in global history, and trans-continental and trans-national interactions and globalizing influences over time. Course offerings include: - Africa in World History - Islam: A Global Civilization - Colloquium in Global History - Modern World Cities - African-Asian Century - Gender in Latin America - Slavery in the Caribbean - Ancient Warfare & Diplomacy


Rutgers University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 30

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 702 USD

In State Tuition (per year): 8424 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 14328 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Small City

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