History Program FAQs

What courses can I take in the history program?

After completing the program’s core courses, students can choose an elective specific to their interests in American history. Course topics include historiography; Colonial, revolutionary, and early national history; and 19th- and 20th-century America.

What concentrations may I specialize in?

You can choose to complete either the American History track or the World History track.

Can I take courses from the military history program?

Yes, in fact, both programs share one course: MH510 Introduction to History and Historiography. Master of Arts in History students also have the option of taking MH550 U.S. Military History as an elective.

Is there a capstone or thesis option?

Yes. The last course of the history 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.

How are the history program faculty members selected?

History program faculty all have terminal degrees and have extensive subject matter expertise in history - American history, in particular. 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.

Is it possible to work full-time while enrolled in the history program?

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

What are the eligibility 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.
  • A GRE score is not required but may be requested based on your undergraduate GPA.
  • If English was not the language of degree study, proof of English language proficiency and minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (internet-based test, or iBT) on the TOEFL are required, unless otherwise noted in specific articulation agreements
How much is the online Master of Arts in History program?
  • Price per Credit: $719
  • Term Tuition: $4,314
  • Technology Fee: $300/term
  • Library Fee: $75/semester
  • Graduation Fee: $150/one-time         
  • Total Program Cost (6 terms): $28,284
How long is the 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.

Can I enter this program if I’ve already graduated with a degree in military history from Norwich?

Yes, students who have previously completed the military history master’s degree are welcome to apply and study in the history program. They typically will receive six transfer credits, and if they also completed MH550 U.S. Military History, the total number of transfer credits they are eligible to receive is 12. 

Does Norwich accept transfer credits?

When you apply for admission to the Master of Arts in History program, you can submit transcripts and course outlines from previously attended institutions of higher education to be considered for transfer credits. Transfer credits will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may be accepted for up to 12 credits. Norwich complies with VA regulations and guidelines as they pertain to transfer credits.