Online Master of Arts in World War II Studies

Are you interested in the diplomatic, cultural, social and economic impacts of World War II? If so, the Master of Arts in World War II studies may be an ideal fit. In this first-in-nation program, you’ll learn about the war through firsthand and scholarly perspectives, and examine its geopolitical and cultural aftermath.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 01/09/2023


Total classes:

Total classes: 10

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 30

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What is a master’s in World War II studies?

The master’s in World War II studies provides an in-depth examination of how one war touched multiple continents and left an unparalleled legacy. Gain insight into the long range effects the war had on society through a combination of lectures, media and primary sources. This master’s program is an ideal fit for those who:

  • Are passionate about World War II.
  • Enjoy writing.
  • Want to increase their ability to draw evidence-based conclusions.

Why earn a master's in World War II studies?

 

Built in a unique partnership with the National World War II Museum, the master’s in World War II studies allows you to explore one of the most devastating conflicts in history. Through access to leading World War II experts and the National World War II Museum, you’ll learn about the causes of the war and its lasting global impact. The museum’s vast collection includes artifacts, films, letters, novels, monuments, photographs and more.

You’ll also develop transdisciplinary skills relevant to a variety of industries and professions from education to law, including the ability to:

  • Analyze literature, oral histories and artifacts.
  • Apply global events in the present-day context.
  • Draw evidence-based conclusions.
  • Evaluate competing perspectives.
  • Understand how time alters perception of history.

What will I learn from an online World War II studies degree?

 

In the master’s in World War II studies, you’ll develop an understanding of the chronology, origins and major events of the war. You’ll also examine the factors that led to the conflict and present-day consequences. Further, you’ll gain exposure to nuances, such as:

  • Economic outcomes and opportunities.
  • Evolution of governance and political systems.
  • Impact on civilians.
  • Military campaigns.
  • Human responses to conflict, violence and genocide.

Does my master's in World War II 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.

Gain access to the WWII Museum’s array of artifacts and archives.

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World War II studies courses

Your courses include a combination of lectures, roundtable discussions, analysis of National World War II Museum ephemera and more. You’ll also complete a capstone portfolio to revise and polish your previous course projects and produce essays that reflect on your experiences in the program. This portfolio can showcase the transferable skills you’re ready to apply to roles across a wide variety of industries. Courses you’ll take include:


Core

Memory and Monuments


Core

The Global War


Core

The Lived Experience of World War II


Core

World War II


Core

World War II: Decision Points I


Core

World War II: Decision Points II


Core

World War II in Film


Core

World War II in Literature


What can I do with a master’s in World War II studies?

Apply skills you develop in the master’s in World War II studies across career settings from the classroom to the courtroom. You’ll graduate with a holistic and global perspective of the war examined against contemporary society. Applicable career industries include, but aren’t limited to:

Education

Diplomacy

Human rights work

International relations

Law

Military service

Public relations

Learn from top-tier World War II scholars

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.

Learn from top-tier World War II scholars

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.

World War II master’s degree requirements

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

Application requirements

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Join one of the best schools for historical and social studies

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.

Tuition calculator

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Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

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.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

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