The history of Moscow University for the Humanities goes back to 1944, when the Central Komsomol (or Young Communist League) School was established. Later it became the Higher Komsomol School under the Central Committee of the Young Communist League, which in turn was transformed into the Institute of the Youth. After the fall of the Soviet Union it grew into the Moscow Academy for Humanities and Social Studies.
With the growth in the number of faculties and the development of numerous specializations, the Academy was named the Moscow University for the Humanities. In the dramatic years of political and economic changes following the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the University managed to preserve not only its beautiful park-like campus (a true rarity among Russia's universities) with its well-maintained buildings and infrastructure, but also its high-quality staff, its considerable experience in education, its excellence in academic work, and its high acclaim both at home and abroad.
Among the University’s alumni are notable heads of companies, top public officials, educators, scholars, rectors and vice-rectors of twelve institutions of higher learning, and countless successful business people.
In 2004 Moscow University for Humanities celebrated its 60th anniversary. The University was congratulated by famous politicians and public figures, representatives of local authority, ambassadors of foreign countries, well-known scientists, lectures, actors and musicians. In his greeting message, the ex-Prime Minister of Russian Federation Mikhail Fradkov characterized Moscow University for the Humanities as “the leader of Russian non-governmental education”.
On November 11th 2014 Moscow University for Humanities celebrated its 70th anniversary