Built through a unique partnership between ASU and The National WWII Museum (NWWM) in New Orleans, this fully-online, interdisciplinary World War II Studies graduate degree is the first of its kind in the nation.

ASU Online offers start dates every 7.5 weeks.
Multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year.
Required number of credits to complete this degree.

Through advanced interdisciplinary study of World War II, students explore the global nature of World War II, a conflict that fundamentally reshaped the political and cultural landscape of our planet. Students examine the causes and impact of the war, the evolution of governance and political systems, and human responses to conflict, violence and genocide. Program coursework helps students contextualize current events through study of the war’s historical, political, and cultural legacies. The knowledge and skills students develop in the program are transferable to a variety of contexts, including education, military service, human rights work, public relations, diplomacy, international relations, and law.

The program is 30 credit hours (10 courses) and can be completed in 18-24 months. The courses in this degree program will be taught by a mix of ASU faculty and historians from The National WWII Museum in New Orleans. The program offers students unique access to documents, oral histories, and other archival material from the Museum's collection. Students have the opportunity to learn using the Museum's amazing array of artifacts and archival sources, some not currently visible to the general public.

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Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

An applicant must have the minimum of a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) or master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Students from any field who demonstrate potential will be considered for admission. Applicants’ potential for success is determined by the quality of writing and clarity of thought demonstrated in the letter of intent and responses to the application questions. Letters of recommendation that point to a student’s ability to deliver high-quality academic work and persist to an academic goal will receive priority. An applicant’s GPA and academic performance, particularly in humanities coursework, will also indicate potential.

A minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = “A”) in the last 60 hours of a student’s first bachelor’s degree program is required. A minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = “A”) in an applicable master’s degree program is required.

Applicants are required to submit:

  1. Graduate admission application and application fee
  2. Official transcripts
  3. Proof of English proficiency
  4. Three letters of recommendation
  5. Letter of intent/written statement
  6. Written responses to unit-developed prompts
  7. Resume

An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

During the application process, applicants will be prompted to write two short written responses of to 750-1000 words to World War II-related questions. While the admissions form can be completed within 30 minutes, applicants for World War II Studies should devote additional time to the writing prompts. These responses will serve to demonstrate to the committee a student's writing ability and potential for thoughtful participation in degree coursework.  As such, applicants are encouraged to allocate additional time, at least a few hours, so as to think and write out their responses while making sure they craft coherent answers with evidence to support their arguments.

Application Deadlines:

April 15, July 15, and September 15 (Fall admission)

December 1 and February 1 (Spring admission)

Once an application is completed, the applicant will hear back with the faculty's decision within two weeks of the next admission deadline, regardless of the applicant's chosen start date.

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