Master of Arts in History

Quick Info

  • All classes taken online
  • Coursework completed in 18 months
  • Classes capped at 15 students
Next Session Start Date
September 1, 2014
Application Deadline
August 8, 2014

Lifelong Lessons from the Past

"History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are." In our globalized and hyper-connected world, those words from historian and author David McCullough carry more weight than ever.

For nearly two centuries, Norwich University has played a vital role in history as America's first private military college, the nation’s first private college to offer civil engineering instruction, and the birthplace of ROTC. We are also the proud alma mater of more than 18,000 alumni - many of whom have made significant contributions to our country’s development, including Edwin Ferry Johnson, chief engineer of the Northern Pacific Railroad; Harry Bates Thayer, president and chairman of AT&T in the 1920s; and General Gordon L. Sullivan, chief of staff of the U.S. Army in the 1990s.

Our Master of Arts in History program builds on our rich institutional history, leading students through a comprehensive analysis of the major developments, events, and figures of the past. Students can choose from one of two tracks: American History, which explores our nation’s past from Colonial times to the end of the Cold War, and World History, which covers the dawn of human civilization through the late 20th century.

Students are guided by expert faculty members, all of whom hold PhDs and are engaged in ongoing scholarly work. Students also have access to our highly capable reference staff members, who provide research assistance via email, phone, and chat, as well as our dedicated distance-learning librarian. The program culminates in the writing of a thesis or capstone paper, which students use as a platform to develop expertise in their particular area of interest.

The Norwich Advantage

  • With two tracks to choose from, you can customize your history studies based on your personal interests and career goals.
  • Our interactive online platform and small class sizes mean that you’ll get to know your professors not only as educators but also as mentors, collaborators, and career guides.
  • In addition to our library’s 100 online databases, 54,000 full-text electronic journals, and hundreds of thousands of e-books, you’ll have access to books in print from our collection of over 140,000 titles and journal articles not available online to students through our material request services.
  • Your thesis or capstone paper allows you to customize your studies and develop subject matter expertise in the area you’re most passionate about.
  • Through our flexible online platform, you can access program content and contribute to class discussions on your own schedule and at your own pace each week. Four start dates per year (March, June, September, and December) allow you to engage with the program when it’s most convenient for you.
  • You will graduate with essential skills such as the ability to analyze and synthesize complex information and to compose clear, supportable arguments - skills relevant not only to careers in history but also to a variety of fields such as business, law, teaching, and government.

Career Preparation

A master’s degree in history from Norwich University gives you the foundation to teach at the high school and community college level or to pursue a PhD for teaching at the university level. You can also apply your degree to pursue one of numerous careers in history such as a researcher, archivist, curator, or content producer for schools, museums, and other public history venues. If you are currently in the military, our online master’s degree in history program may help you advance within the military or transition to a new career. For those whose interests are more intellectually oriented than career-focused, our program offers a formalized structure for developing subject matter expertise as well as advanced research and writing skills that can be applied toward personal scholarly pursuits.

How to Get Started

We are here to help you achieve your goals. From information on how to apply to the Master of Arts in History program to tips on how to manage your time, we will guide and support you throughout your Norwich experience.

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