Military History Program FAQs

1. Why should I earn a Master of Arts in Military History?

Historians have always been relied upon to provide critical perspective on events from the past. Norwich University’s Master of Arts in Military History program offers a framework through which many aspects of historical events and human behavior can be understood, including economics, politics, social issues, international relations, leadership, and group dynamics. This degree program teaches critical thinking and analysis with rigorous development of writing skills – qualities that are invaluable in business, teaching, government, and military work.

2. How do I qualify for the military history program?

The Master of Arts in Military History program welcomes goal-oriented individuals who share our passion for public service and dedication to serious academic scholarship, and are committed to furthering their field and contributing positively to their community. For a list of eligibility requirements, visit the military history program admissions page.

3. What courses can I take in the military history program?

After completing the program’s core courses, students can choose from a variety of courses specific to their interests in the field of military history. Course topics include historiography, Western military history, Asian military history, U.S. military history, Total War theory, and the role of race and gender. For a complete course listing, visit the military history program page.

4. How much will the program cost?

The current, all-inclusive cost for the Master of Arts in Military History program is $28,128.  For detailed information about program costs, visit the tuition information page.

5. Is there a thesis or capstone option?

Yes. The last course of the program is devoted to your capstone paper. An optional thesis track provides the opportunity for a focused research and scholarly investigation in addition to your coursework.  The thesis option extends the program time to completion by at least one additional semester.

6. How have graduates of the program applied their degree?

While some military history students enter the program with specific career goals, others complete the program to fulfill lifelong personal goals or interests. Nearly every year, one or more military history graduates enter a PhD program, though as a percentage of the entire class the number is quite small.

Military history alumni are employed by the U.S. Army, Navy, American Defense Systems Inc, Boeing, and other organizations. They work as writers, archivists, museum personnel, and in positions not directly related to the field.  For more information, visit the military history career outcomes page.

7. How are the military history program faculty members selected?

Military history program faculty all have terminal degrees, and have extensive subject matter expertise in military history, American history, or both. They must demonstrate a wide range of university/college-level teaching experience, and a strong research record. Our faculty members are also active in publishing their academic scholarship, presenting at conferences and editing manuscripts. To meet some of the featured program faculty, visit the military history faculty and staff page.

8. What are the requirements for applying to the program?
  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution, as evaluated by WES, IERF, or SpanTran.
  • An undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher (overall or in a relevant undergraduate major, such as history or political science).
  • Applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. In some circumstances, an official TOEFL score of 600 and above (paper-based test) OR 253 and above (computer-based test) may be required for admission.
9. Is it possible to work full-time while studying in the military history program?

Yes, the military history program is designed to complement your day-to-day work schedule.

10. How long is the military history program?

The program’s six courses (each six credits) take approximately 18 months to complete. Depending on when you start the program, you can expect your degree to be conferred in 18 to 24 months. Thesis students will spend an additional seminar to complete their studies.

11. Is the Staff Ride program part of the military history degree?

Norwich offers several Staff Rides each year to anyone interested in learning about military history from professors who are experts in the field. Although it is not a degree requirement for the military history program, it is a great way to connect with history aficionados online and on the ground touring battlefields.