Best Online
History Master’s Programs

2017_MastersDegree.com-best-online-programs-historyGraduates who pursue research-oriented goals can find work as historians, conducting research in government agencies and in scientific or technical settings, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Holders of history master’s also find work in media and communications, given the fields need for editors and writers with strong backgrounds in historical research and methodology.

The distinction between graduate degrees earned online or in traditional classrooms is quickly disappearing. Reputable colleges across the nation now offer master’s programs in history that are delivered completely online or in a hybrid format. According to the New York Times, “Master’s Degree is the New Frontier of Study Online,” graduate programs offered completely online “could signal a change to the landscape of higher education.”

Below, you’ll find the top 22 online master’s programs in history, ranked according to several factors in our methodology. Our list was created by rigorously examining every online master’s in history program currently offered, removing schools due to their lack of services for online students, lower-tier academics or poor student-performance metrics. With this in mind, you can feel secure pursuing any of the following schools.

Our Methodology

Our rankings methodology begins with two crucial factors:

The school's commitment to consistently rewarding degrees - We pit the number of students awarded a master's degree in the most recent academic year against total graduate student enrollment for the same year. The more degrees awarded, relative to the student population, the more the school prioritizes helping their students complete programs and obtain degrees.

The school's commitment to online graduate education - We look at the total number of master's programs offered by a school compared to the number of online master's programs offered. This tells us the school is committed to providing a quality, online program that compliments, or even goes beyond, their on-campus graduate offerings. It is also an indicator of the school's commitment to working students who need no small amount of flexibility in order to pursue an education and advance their career.

From there, we confirmed that the school offered the following services, as reported by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS):

  • Academic/Career Counseling Service
  • Employment Services for Students
  • Placement Services for Completers

These services are the essential indicator that a school understands how to bridge the gap between their online master's programs and the working world. Any school lacking in these basic services was not included in our final list.

All data referenced above is sourced from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, overseen by the National Center for Education Statistics.

History Resources

  1. 1

    Wayland Baptist University

    Location

    Plainview, TX

    Tuition

    • $8,190 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • This college's Master of Arts in History program can be completed entirely online, and prospective students must have a bachelor's degree and at least six undergraduate hours of history courses in order to meet admissions requirements.

      • Before graduation, students must pass a comprehensive exam.
      • Students attending this Christian college must also complete a three hour course in historical methods before graduation.
      • The final thesis is optional; students can replace this research project with two extra courses instead.

    The Online Environment

    • The online courses at WBU are delivered through the Blackboard learning management system, which supports online class collaboration through web conferences, file sharing, discussion boards, chat rooms and wikis.

      • Students are expected to contact each course instructor during the first week of enrollment.
      • Students enrolled in Wayland's online degree programs gain access to web-based student services, including academic advising, style and reference guides, tech support, proctor requests, digital libraries and educational software.
      • This college emphasizes small class sizes, with attendance averaging at 16 students per course.
  2. 2

    National University

    Location

    La Jolla, CA

    Tuition

    • $10,368 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • WASC/SCUC

    What to Expect

    • Prospective graduate students can earn a Master of Arts in History completely online at National University. To apply, candidates must have a bachelor's degree and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. However, applicants with lower GPAs will still be considered for admission if they have received satisfactory scores on graduate-level exams such as the GRE, GMAT or Miller Analogies Test.

      • If an applicant does not have a bachelor's degree in History or a related humanities field, then they must complete a transition program with a B grade average or better first.
      • This transition program is comprised of six prerequisite courses: HIS 400, HIS 360, HIS 361, HIS 362, HIS 363 and HIS 434.
      • The MA in History program can be completed in about two years.
      • Before graduation, students must complete a thesis or a final multimedia project.

    The Online Environment

    • This academic institution relies on the eCollege learning management system to provide scholars with educational multimedia, discussion boards and class materials. Students who wish to try the online course platform can sign into sample classes. This online course system is also accessible from mobile browsers, including Safari, Blackberry OS, Android OS, webOS and Symbian. The eCollege also has native apps for Windows, iOS and Android platforms.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • According to the U.S. Department of Education, National University ranked 2nd in California for awarding master's degrees to minorities.
  3. 3

    Pittsburg State University

    Location

    Pittsburg, KS

    Tuition

    • $5,430 annually-in-state
    • $14,590 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • The Department of Graduate and Continuing Studies at PSU provides a Master of Arts in History degree that can be earned fully online. To meet the application requirements, candidates must have at least 24 hours of relevant undergraduate course work.

      Students have two completion options:

      1. Thesis route for those who wish to pursue doctoral-level study in history;
      2. Or a course work option that allows students to gain additional experience within a specialized area.

      Once your paperwork is received, graduate advisors take a five-step approach to processing your application and introduction to PSU's graduate program. First, advisors issue an admissions decision, then review your admittance conditions. Next, they will assist you with the candidate initiation process, provide you with your thesis steps and inform you of graduation requirements.

    The Online Environment

    • This academic institution leverages the Canvas learning management system to deliver course materials and facilitate online discussion between students and faculty from both desktop and mobile devices. Canvas allows students to access drag-and-drop schedules, classroom announcements, lecture videos, blogs and web conferences. Academic emails are managed by the Zimbra system, which serves as a webmail and contact client. Online students also have access to several free academic software titles, including Spybot Search and Destroy, Sophos and Cache Out X.

  4. 4

    Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

    Location

    Slippery Rock, PA

    Tuition

    • $7,956 annually-in-state
    • $11,934 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • MSCHE

    What to Expect

    • Future historians can earn a Master of Arts in History from SRU, delivered in an entirely online learning format. This comprehensive degree program places an emphasis on World, European and U.S. history.

      • To apply, candidates must submit official transcripts
      • demonstrating a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and a personal statement.

      • Students are not required to submit GRE or other standardized test scores.
      • Full-time students can expect to complete this program within two years.
      • Students do not need to complete a thesis to graduate.
      • This degree program features unique written exams that are graded on a pass/fail basis.
      • Faculty place a high emphasis on performance assessment based on your contributions to online discussions.

    The Online Environment

    • SRU utilizes the Desire2Learn course management system to provide students with access to shared course files, educational multimedia, discussion boards and chat sessions. This college's Office for Students with Disabilities is dedicated to making the distance learning experience as accessible as possible by providing enrolled students with assistance services and scholarships, particularly for students with epilepsy and hemophilia.

  5. 5

    Troy University

    Location

    Troy, AL

    Tuition

    • $6,084 annually-in-state
    • $12,168 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Arts in History can be earned completely online from this college. Enrolled students have two track options; they can compose a thesis before graduation or take a non-thesis route with additional coursework.

      • Each course has a duration of 16 weeks, and MA students are required to take 12 courses total.
      • Students also have the option of adding additional concentrations to their degree, with fields such as American history, European history and other thematic emphases to choose from.
      • Enrolled students must also demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language before graduation.

      The admissions requirements for this degree program include a bachelor's degree, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and a combined GRE score of 290; alternatively, the school will accept a MAT score of 385 or GMAT score of 380.

    The Online Environment

    • Troy University utilizes the Blackboard learning management system to facilitate student discussions on message boards, chat sessions, web conferences and wiki pages. Students can manage their academic accounts through Troy's Trojan Web Express System, which allows you to enroll for classes and check grades. Students enrolled in eTroy programs might be eligible for scholarships designed specifically for distance learners, such as the Graduate Scholarship Program, The Troy Horizon Scholarship or the Troy Corporate Achiever Scholarship.

  6. 6

    Lincoln Christian University

    Location

    Lincoln, IL

    Tuition

    • $7,182 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • ABHE/CA, NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • This academic institution is affiliated with Churches of Christ and Independent Christian Churches and offers faith-based hybrid master's degrees in Church History and Historical Theology.

      • Students pursuing the Master of Arts or Master of Divinity in this history field have the option to take some of their courses online, interspersed with courses hosted on campus.
      • Students have three possible schedules to follow for campus-based courses: block courses that meet one day each month; intensive week courses that meet for five consecutive days; 8-week block sessions with students meeting two days a week for eight weeks in a row.
      • To apply, prospective students must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 and a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.

    The Online Environment

    • This college uses a proprietary online course management system to deliver podcasts, lecture video recordings and digital reading materials to students. LCU recommends that students spend at least 15-20 hours each week on distance learning coursework. Each online course is delivered over the span of 8-15 weeks, however some accelerated courses span 6-7 weeks. Online courses are held on an asynchronous schedule, so that students don't have to sign on at a designated time to participate.

  7. 7

    University of North Alabama

    Location

    Florence, AL

    Tuition

    • $4,968 annually-in-state
    • $9,936 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • This college's Master of Arts in History can be completed entirely online, however this distance learning program is a generalist degree without the option of a concentration. This program was designed with high-school level teachers in mind, providing educators with the curricula to meet "No Child Left Behind" standards.

      • To meet the admissions requirements, prospective students must submit official transcripts, GRE scores, a writing sample and a personal essay along with a completed application.
      • This MA program can be completed within two to three years on a full-time student schedule.
      • Students can defend a thesis and complete advising requirements online, so that they don't have to visit the UNA campus.
      • Students can opt to pursue a thesis or non-thesis graduation track, with the non-thesis option necessitating additional course work.

    The Online Environment

    • The University of North Alabama uses the Canvas learning management system to provide students and faculty with access to course materials, assignments, group discussions, calendars and exams. Discussion boards play a central role in the Canvas system, allowing students to begin and reply to ongoing threads.

      Students can also access Canvas from mobile devices running iOS and Android platforms. Out-of-state students who attend UNA may qualify for a special tuition waiver if they attend college on a full-time basis and have received an institutional scholarship.

  8. 8

    University of Houston in Victoria

    Location

    Victoria, TX

    Tuition

    • $4,534 annually-in-state
    • $10,906 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • Students pursuing a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) can opt to specialize in History and a second concentration while taking courses that are provided completely online. When it comes to selecting a second concentration, graduate students can choose from several topics, including: biomedical sciences, business, communication, criminal justice, education, forensic science and publishing.

      • To apply to this multi-faceted program, prospective students must submit official transcripts, a personal essay and official GRE scores along with a completed admissions form.
      • Students enrolled in the MAIS program may also complete an optional thesis under the supervision of their academic coordinator and advisors.

    The Online Environment

    • UHV uses the Blackboard 9 Learn course management system to provide students and professors with online collaboration, file sharing and meeting tools. Students enrolled in the MA program can use this platform to access syllabi, assignment PDFs, wikis, discussion forums, lecture multimedia and chat sessions. Distance learners also have access to online student services, including IT assistance, tutoring, writing help, testing services and success coaching.

  9. 9

    Western Kentucky University

    Location

    Bowling Green, KY

    Tuition

    • $9,800 annually-in-state
    • $12,800 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • The non-thesis Master of Arts in History degree option provided by WKU's history department can be completed entirely online. Enrolled students do not have the option of pursuing the thesis track of this program in an online learning format.

      • To apply, prospective students must have a bachelor's degree, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, a minimum GRE score of 150 Verbal and at least 18 undergraduate credit hours in history.
      • Applicants must also submit official transcripts, a research writing sample and a personal statement along with a completed admissions form.
      • This MA program can be completed within three years.

    The Online Environment

    • The Blackboard learning management system is used at WKU to deliver course materials and facilitate classroom discussions online. This platform is tied to the NBC Learn! network, which provides students with digital libraries of educational videos for streaming. Students can use the Blackboard system to access shared course content, view file attachments, participate in discussion board threads, take tests and submit assignments.

      Students enrolled in the MA in History degree program also have access to online student services such as counseling, webinars, a writing center, a new student orientation and accessibility resources.

  10. 10

    University of Louisiana at Monroe

    Location

    Monroe, LA

    Tuition

    • $5,046 annually-in-state
    • $15,693 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • ULM provides a non-thesis Master of Arts in History degree track that can be earned 100% online. Students who enroll in the online MA program can specialize in the following topic areas: military history, European history or U.S. history.

      • Applicants must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5, a combined score of 900 or higher on the GRE in the old scoring system.
      • The product of one's GRE and GPA should be 1875 or greater.
      • To apply, prospective students must submit official transcripts, an application fee and GRE scores with a completed admissions form.

    The Online Environment

    • This academic institution uses the Moodle learning management system to deliver course content. Students will need a webcam and headset to participate in video and audio-based web conferencing sessions. The ULM University Computing Center Helpdesk provides distance learners with technical support seven days a week, with an after hours helpline that provides assistance outside of traditional business hours.

      Students attending online programs gain access to licensed academic software, such as virus protection, Adobe products, Microsoft products and web development tools. The eULM online courses span eight weeks each.

  11. 11

    Sam Houston State University

    Location

    Huntsville, TX

    Tuition

    • $4,410 annually-in-state
    • $10,782 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • SHSU offers students the opportunity to earn a Master of Arts in History degree entirely online. Applications are accepted for three enrollment terms: Summer, Spring and Fall. It is recommended that applicants have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and a total GRE score of 300 to be considered for admission. Prospective students must also submit two letters of recommendation and a writing sample with a completed Apply Texas application.

      • Students do not have to complete a thesis in order to graduate from this MA in History degree program.
      • The maximum amount of time students have to complete this graduate program is seven years.

    The Online Environment

    • SHSU Online relies on theBlackboard learning management system to deliver course materials such as syllabi, assignment files, required reading and other shared classroom files. This platform also allows students to discuss academic topics through discussion boards, text chat, video web conferences and wiki pages. Graduate students enrolled in distance learning programs can take advantage of numerous online student services, such as career counseling, mentoring, digital library access and disability services.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • SHSU's online degree programs have been featured on an episode of "The Balancing Act," a program on Lifetime Television that focuses on successful working women, due to the school's low cost and schedule flexibility.
  12. 12

    Missouri State University

    Location

    Springfield, MO

    Tuition

    • $5,928 annually-in-state
    • $11,856 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • MSU's Department of Continuing and Distance Education provides future graduate students with a Master of Arts in History program that can be completed 100% online. Future educators can earn their History for Teachers Graduate Certificate online from this institution as well.

      • To meet the admissions requirements, applicants must have a bachelor's degree, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75, GRE scores and at least 24 completed undergraduate hours in history.
      • Prospective students who don't have the prerequisite credits in history have the option of taking these courses at MSU, however they will not count toward the graduate degree.
      • Applicants who already have a current Missouri teaching certificate can submit this credential in lieu of GRE scores.
      • This MA program in History can be completed within two years.

    The Online Environment

    • Online classes are hosted on the Blackboard learning management system, a popular distance learning platform that supports classroom wikis, discussion boards, video instruction, shared file access, web conferences, text-based chat sessions and other group collaboration tools. Online distance learners gain access to ample digital student support services, including career counseling, financial aid, test proctoring and tutoring.

  13. 13

    Emporia State University

    Location

    Emporia, KS

    Tuition

    • $5,280 annually-in-state
    • $16,440 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • ESU provides a social sciences education concentration for students enrolled in the Master of Arts in History program. The degree can be earned entirely online. Alternatively, graduate students can pursue three degree tracks: thesis, non-thesis and public history.

      • The admissions requirements for this degree program include a bachelor's degree, a minimum GPA of 2.5 for the last 60 semester hours and official transcripts.
      • GRE scores are not required for admission.
      • Students are welcome to enroll in the MA in History on a full-time or part-time basis, however they must complete all degree requirements within a maximum time period of seven years.
      • Online degrees issued by ESU are not currently available to residents of Iowa state.

    The Online Environment

    • The Canvas learning management system is the platform used by ESU to deliver online courses to students. Canvas supports a vast range of online collaboration tools on desktop computers and mobile devices.

      Students can participate in discussions via chat, message board or video conferencing. Professors can share syllabi, assignments and required reading as file attachments on course pages. Online students can also take advantage of distance learning student services, including tech support, writing software, financial aid assistance and distance learning workshops.

  14. 14

    University of Nebraska at Kearney

    Location

    Kearney, NE

    Tuition

    • $5,196 annually-in-state
    • $11,070 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Arts in History provides distance learners two routes to graduation: a thesis option for those who wish to pursue doctoral studies; or a terminal, non-thesis option. Prospective students must meet the prerequisite of 18 undergraduate hours of history courses and a bachelor's degree before they can begin this graduate program.

      • To apply for admission, candidates must submit official transcripts, a writing sample, a letter of intent and letters of recommendation along with a completed application.
      • If your cumulative undergraduate GPA is under 3.25, then you will need to supplement your application with GRE scores.
      • Students have a maximum of 10 years to complete this degree program.

      According to the History Department's FAQ, online students should expect to read about 10-15 books per class. Students should also expect to turn in about 45-60 pages of written critical analysis per class. Each course lasts approximately 16 weeks.

    The Online Environment

    • The online curricula for the MA in History places a heavy emphasis on weekly discussions, readings and writing assignments. This college leverages the Blackboard system to deliver course material and facilitate conversations between graduate students and faculty members. UNK online course materials and email systems can also be accessed from iOS devices such as the iPad.

  15. 15

    University of Denver

    Location

    Denver, CO

    Tuition

    • $39,744 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • You can earn a Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) in Global Affairs with a concentration in World History and Culture entirely online at the University of Denver.

      • To apply to the College of Professional and Continuing Studies, applicants must have a bachelor's degree and minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
      • Prospective students are also expected to submit the following supplementary materials with their completed applications: official transcripts, a personal statement, resume, an approved degree plan and two letters of recommendation.
      • Students do not have to submit GRE or other graduate-level exam scores to be considered for admission.

    The Online Environment

    • The MA in History online program is delivered via the Canvas learning management program. The curriculum includes audio and video course content. Students can discuss topics of study with discussion boards, video messaging and chat sessions. Canvas keeps students up-to-date by sending out push notifications and schedule updates, which are accessible on both desktop computers and mobile devices running Android or iOS.

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    Ashland University

    Location

    Ashland, OH

    Tuition

    • $5,688 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • History scholars can choose from two graduate degree programs offered at Ashland University: a fully online Master of Arts in Teaching American History and Government (MASTAHG) or a hybrid format Master of Arts in American History and Government (MAHG). To apply to either of these programs, prospective students must have a bachelor's degree and a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75.

      • Full-time students can complete the MASTAHG degree program within two years.
      • The MAHG program can be completed within 15 months.
      • Students who are enrolled in the hybrid MAHG program will attend courses online during the fall and spring and take campus-based courses during the summer semesters.

    The Online Environment

    • This college utilized the Angel LMS Suite to provide students with access to online course content. The majority of these distance learning courses are provided on an asynchronous basis, meaning that students won't need to sign on at specific times to participate in courses. However, some instructors might incorporate synchronous class times to meet for live discussions.

      Ashland's Help Desk is open seven days a week to provide distance learners with tech support. Prospective online students should note that Ashland University's distance learning system does not currently support Mac computers.

  17. 17

    Azusa Pacific University

    Location

    CA

    Tuition

    • $10,343 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    • CA

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • The College of Music and the Arts at this Christian college provides a Master of Arts in Modern Art History, Theory, Criticism that places an emphasis on the examination of contemporary art movements.

      • This degree program can be completed within two years. Students do not have to take the required courses in any particular order to complete the degree.
      • To apply, prospective students must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and a bachelor's degree.
      • In addition to a completed admissions form, applicants must submit the following supplementary materials: two letters of recommendation, a letter of intent, a resume and copies of official transcripts.
      • Before completing this degree program, graduate students must demonstrate a certain level of foreign language proficiency, measured by a CLEP or FLATS exam.
      • APUs Department of Art and Design offers a limited number of scholarships to students who have completed a minimum of one required course in this online MA program.

    The Online Environment

    • This academic institution uses the Sakai collaborative learning environment to deliver online courses to distance learners. This platform supports interactive lesson plans, digital schedules and collaborative discussion forums. All online courses at APU are offered on an asynchronous schedule so that students can sign on at any time to participate in their courses. APU recommends that distance learners sign on multiple times each week to keep up with new course updates.

  18. 18

    Liberty University

    Location

    Lynchburg, VA

    Tuition

    • $8,820 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • Prospective graduate students can enroll in a number of faith-based history degree programs at this college, including the Master of Education in Teaching and Learning History (MEd), a Master of Divinity in Church History (M.Div.), a Master of Arts in Theological Studies - Church History (MATS) and a Master of Arts in Religion - Church History (MAR). All four of these degree options can be earned completely online.

      • The application requirements include official college transcripts, a pastoral recommendation, a completed seminary questionnaire, a bachelor's degree and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.0.
      • Students can earn the MEd or MATS within just four semesters, and they have five years to complete the programs.
      • The M.Div. program is significantly longer, requiring 11 semesters, however students have a maximum of 10 years to complete this program.
      • The MAR program can be earned within seven semesters with a maximum completion time period of 7 years.

    The Online Environment

    • This academic institution uses the Blackboard learning management system to give students access to class discussion boards, academic emails, class assignment files, interactive exams and educational multimedia. Online students also gain access to academic student services such as an extensive electronic library, article databases and a digital writing center.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • #97 on the U.S. News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Education Programs
  19. 19

    Chadron State College

    Location

    Chadron, NE

    Tuition

    • $3,199 annually-in-state
    • $6,398 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • CSC offers future teachers a Master of Arts in Education - History, which can be completed entirely online.

      • To apply, prospective students must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 and a bachelor's degree.
      • Some course topics online MA students might encounter include Europe since 1914, systemic change, The American West: 1500-1890, The World Since 1945 and educational philosophy.

    The Online Environment

    • This academic institution uses the Sakai learning management system to distribute course materials, academic schedules and class-specific message board discussions to students. Distance learners have access to an online learning center, 24/7 help desk assistance and a tech support knowledge base.

      CSC's EagleMail webmail system is powered by Office 365. The majority of online courses offered at this college last for eight weeks. CSC's online courses operate on an asynchronous schedule, giving students the flexibility to log on at any time to participate in classes.

    • The Master of Arts in Education degrees in Mathematics, Science and History provide the student with a strong knowledge base in these disciplines allowing the students to continue education at the doctorate level, teach in post-secondary settings, or improve performance within existing careers.

      Joel Hyer, Ph.D. and the Dean of Curriculum and Graduate Studies
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    Arizona State University

    Location

    Tempe, AZ

    Tuition

    • $10,300 annually-in-state
    • $21,080 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • ASU offers two fully online graduate degree programs for students interested in history and culture: the Master of Arts in History (MA) and the Master of Advanced Study in American Media and Popular Culture (MAS). MA students can choose from one of five degree concentrations: North America, Europe, East or Southeast Asia, public history or Latin America.

      • Prospective MA graduate students must submit official transcripts, GRE scores, a resume, three references and a writing sample along with a completed application to be considered for admission.
      • MAS applicants must submit the following supplementary materials with their application: a three-page critical analysis essay, letters of recommendation and a two-page personal statement.
      • MAS applicants must also complete a Skype interview with an admissions officer.

    The Online Environment

    • This college utilizes the LearningStudio educational platform to provide students with course files, schedules, discussion boards and tests. Through your MyASU login, you can access complimentary academic software titles such as the Microsoft Office Suite, PDF readers and Apple's iWork suite. Students can collaborate and share documents with one another via Google Drive. ASU recommends that students spend at least six hours a week per course credit.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • #74 on the U.S. News and World Report's Best Graduate Schools for History list
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    University of St. Francis

    Location

    Joliet, IL

    Tuition

    • $3,199 annually-in-state
    • $6,398 annually-out-of-state

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Education with Teacher Licensure in Social Science: History is the ideal graduate degree program for those who wish to pursue careers as middle school teachers. This program is comprised of online courses and three required field experiences, allowing you to earn a total of fifteen weeks of student teaching before graduation.

      • The admission requirements for the MEd program include a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75, official transcripts and two letters of recommendation.
      • Students enrolled in this program may qualify for program-specific academic funding, such as the Amy Lynn D'Amico Memorial Scholarship, the Bishop Imesch Excellence in Teaching Award or the William "Buck" Orenic Outstanding Contribution Award.

    The Online Environment

    • Online courses at USF are facilitated by the Campus learning management system, which allows students to quickly access discussion boards, quizzes and assignments directly from a single panel. Prospective students can attend digital informational sessions to learn more about USF's online academic programs.

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    Southern New Hampshire University

    Location

    Manchester, NH

    Tuition

    • $22,572 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NEASC/CIHE

    What to Expect

    • SNHU offers four Master of Arts in History degree specializations that can be completed entirely online: American History, Military History, Public History and a general degree. Each of these four degree programs can be completed in just 15 months.

      • Prospective students do not need to submit a GRE or any other standardized test score to be considered for admission.
      • Additionally, students are not expected to fulfill a foreign language requirement before graduation.
      • To meet the admission requirements, students must submit a statement of purpose, proof of an undergraduate degree and a writing sample that is 3-5 pages long.
      • Students can receive an admissions decisions within days after completing an application.

    The Online Environment

    • Courses are delivered through the Blackboard learning management system, which supports a wide range of collaborative features, such as course material downloads, message board discussions, web conferencing, chat sessions, wiki pages and educational multimedia. Students attending online programs gain access to the Shapiro Library's electronic resource database, 24/7 tech support and many other student services.