Master's Degree in History


Am I qualified to get into an online history master’s program?






2+ Letters

At least two letters of recommendation from professors or former employers

Writing Samples

Brief Statement

A brief statement of intent regarding your degree program timetable and career aspirations



The Graduate Record Examination is not typically required of applicants for master's level degree programs in history, unless an applicant's GPA is below 3.25.

Additional Requirements


Some master's programs require students to have a certain number of credits in undergraduate history courses.

What undergraduate degrees do history master’s students typically hold?

  • History
  • Archaeology
  • Anthropology
  • English Literature

What can I do to better my chances of getting into an online master’s program in history?

  • Volunteer at a museum and work with curators to experience their professions first-hand.
  • Demonstrate your passion for a particular point in history in your statement of intent or other writing sample as required by the school.
  • If you plan to study the history of a non-English speaking nation, have a cursory knowledge of the language.

Financial Aid

What scholarships and grants are available to online history master’s students?

Careers & Salary

Upon graduation from an online history master’s degree program, what skills will I have?

  • The organizational and research abilities needed for careers in the law, education, museums or libraries
  • Ability to think critically and recognize, analyze and report historical patterns in current events
  • Organize thoughts and logically present ideas and solutions in a way that others can follow easily

Once I’ve earned my online master’s in history, what will my job prospects look like?

  • Curator

    • Annual Mean Wage

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • State with Higest Pay

      Connecticut — $71,890
    • City with Highest Pay

      New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division — $73,790
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Wyoming — $40,880
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Santa Fe, NM — $53,130
  • History Teacher, Postsecondary

    • Annual Mean Wage

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • State with Higest Pay

      New Jersey — $98,080
    • City with Highest Pay

      Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division — $120,590
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      West Virginia — $57,760
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Harrisburg, PA — $65,260
  • Archivist

    • Annual Mean Wage

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • State with Higest Pay

      Massachusetts — $62,710
    • City with Highest Pay

      San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division — $77,420
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Rhode Island — $56,050
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Montgomery, AL — $62,760
  • Historian

    • Annual Mean Wage

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • State with Higest Pay

      Colorado — $78,420
    • City with Highest Pay

      Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division — $87,660
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Mississippi — $40,550
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division — $87,660

Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook and Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor and Statistics; Collected July 2014

* Highest concentration of jobs refers to the location with the highest number of jobs (by field) for every thousand jobs. Average annual wage is then identified for the career in each location.


What are some of the most important publications in the history field today?

  • Public History News: Available each quarter to members of the National Council on Public History, this publication features discussion of trends in public history and job announcements.
  • Perspectives on History: Published by the American Historical Association, this journal, published monthly throughout the school year, keeps readers apprised of current events and innovations and how they reflect history.
  • The Public Historian: For individuals in the field of public history, this magazine offers original research and case studies as well as reviews of other publications and exhibits.
  • The History Teacher: For U.S. and international members of the Society for History Education, this journal includes information on teaching techniques at all levels.
  • Curator: the Museum Journal: With museum professionals as the target audience, this journal provides an outlet for debating the current issues and concerns of the museum world.

What RSS feeds related to history are worth subscribing to?

  • National Archives Daily Document: The National Archives digitizes and preserves historical documents and uploads a new one each day.
  • The Society of American Archivists: The SAA offers a general RSS feed for members of the society; it also allows individuals to subscribe to the SAA Global news feed and feeds for 11 component groups.
  • The Organization of American Historians: This page is regularly updated with information of interest to professional historians.
  • – Colonial Williamsburg: With a focus on colonial America, specifically Williamsburg, VA, this site provides a list of feeds that share information about 18th Century American life.
  • Smithsonian Magazine: The Smithsonian provides a lengthy lists of feeds for articles they publish; it includes 13 history-related feeds including “A Brief History of…” and “Today in History”.


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