Online Master of Arts in History

Arizona State University is the first major research university to offer a fully online history master’s degree. In this program, you’ll explore the history of societies from across the world while collaborating with your peers in a community setting. You’ll also develop transferable skills, like analytical understanding and effective communication.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 10/13/2021


Total classes: 10

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 30

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Focus areas for earning your master’s in history online

The online history master’s degree is a thematic program covering a range of time periods and geographic locations. Instead of gaining concentrated knowledge on one specific topic, you’ll instead acquire a wide breadth of historical understanding and consider a variety of historical perspectives.

In the online master’s in history program, you can choose from two primary areas of study:

  • North American history: The North American track contains an in-depth examination of histories related to Mexico, the United States and Canada as well as societies predating their formation.
  • Global history: In the global history curriculum, you’ll explore global topics through a methodological lens to examine perspectives from outside North America.

During your time in this program, you’ll gain experience in writing, research and more while investigating and learning about different historical topics and eras. You’ll also receive personalized support from faculty advisors in the degree and have the opportunity to build direct relationships with professors and students.

What skills do you earn in an online master’s degree in history?

 

The online history master’s degree provides the foundation necessary for building an advanced historical perspective while cultivating broadly useful skills. You’ll become more experienced with writing about complicated topics as you complete comparative analyses, historiographies and research papers. Learning history can support your ability to understand the present and shape the future.

During the program, you’ll develop transferable skills in:

  • Communication.
  • Critical thinking.
  • Information gathering.
  • Problem-solving.
  • Project planning and organizing.

Is it worth it to get an online master’s degree in history?

 

Earning your master’s degree in history allows you to build knowledge of the world while developing talents that can be used in a variety of industries. After completing your master’s in history online, you can pursue jobs in museums, historic preservation, politics, nonprofits and academia. Graduates may also go on to work in education, journalism, public service and more.

Does my online master's in history say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Featured online master’s in history courses

Courses in the online history master’s degree are designed and taught by faculty members with PhDs and industry professionals working in museums or other public history settings. In addition to taking core courses related to your focus area, you’ll also select several electives, take two research seminars and complete a capstone project. Previously, the program has offered classes covering the Cold War, gender and sexuality in Islam, global monarchies, modern Africa and more. Examples of courses in this degree include:


Core course

Global History


Core course

Historical Methods


Core course

North American History


Core course

Public History Methodology


Core course

Research Seminar


Core course

Special Topics


Core course

Practicum


Culminating Experience

Capstone


What can I do with an online history master’s degree?

Graduates may work in research, government service, politics, journalism or other fields. For teachers, the online history master’s degree can support your growth as an instructor in primary, secondary and higher education environments. You might also choose to pursue roles in public history, including with museums or historical societies. Potential career paths include:

Archivist

Consultant

Editor

Educator

Publisher

Practicing faculty and leaders in the field

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Practicing faculty and leaders in the field

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Admission requirements for the online master’s in history program

Applicants to the Master of Arts in history degree must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Application requirements

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A global university with a rich historical perspective

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences takes a transdisciplinary approach to education with a vast spectrum of degrees in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. We inspire students to be socially aware, critical thinkers and global citizens.

25,500+


currently enrolled students.

$140 million


in research expenditures in 2018.

23


interdisciplinary schools and departments.

95+


undergraduate degrees.

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Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

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