History Program FAQs

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

Historians have always been relied upon to provide critical perspective on events from the past. Norwich University’s Master of Arts in 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 Master of Arts in History program?

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

3. 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. For a complete course listing, visit the history program page.

4. What concentrations may I specialize in?

Students in the Master of Arts in History program can choose to complete either the American History Track or the World History Track. In the future we are exploring adding additional tracks to the program, including one focused on modern European history.

5. 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.

6. How much will this program cost?

The current, all-inclusive cost for the Master of Arts in History program is $28,425.  For detailed information about program costs, visit the tuition information page.

7. 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.

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

As the Master of Arts in History is a new program, our first cohort will graduate in 2013.  Our military history program has yielded impressive outcomes for our alumni. 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 detail on employment opportunities, visit the military history career outcomes page.

9. 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. To meet some of the featured program faculty, visit the history program page.

10. What are the requirements for applying to the program?

Please check our admissions requirements page.

11. 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

12. 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.

14. 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.