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.
Next start date: 08/18/2022
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.
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:
North American History
Public History Methodology
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:
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.
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.