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Master of Arts in History

History matters. Leverage the past to build your future.

For nearly two centuries, Norwich University has played a vital role in history as America's first private military college and the birthplace of ROTC. In fact, we have 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 Bate Thayer, president and chairman of AT&T in the 1920s and General Gordon R. Sullivan, chief of staff of the U.S Army in the 1990s.

Our Master of Arts in History program is uniquely positioned to lead students through a comprehensive analysis of the major developments, events, and figures of the past.

 

Degree
  • Master of Arts
Concentrations
  • American History
  • World History

Why Norwich?


Learn from a faculty of active scholars with doctorate degrees.

Customize your studies based on your career goals and personal interests.

Develop essential skills relevant to not only careers in history but also in business, law, education, and government.

Improve your historical insight, research, writing, analysis and presentation skills.

Apply to one of four start dates per year.

Benefit from a university recognized as offering Best Value with respect to high academic quality and low net cost of attendance, according to the U.S. News & World Report.*

*Rankings are based on undergraduate programs and on students who recieved the average level of need-based finanical aid.

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1 Week Residency

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15 Students

Maximum number of students per class

18 Months

Average time to program completion

3 June

Next Start Date

6 May

Application Deadline

Accreditation & Recognition

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Norwich University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).

 

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Recognized for academic excellence, U.S. News & World Report ranks Norwich University in the top 100 for Regional Universities in the North. Rankings are based on undergraduate programs.

 

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Curriculum

Online Master of Arts in History Curriculum

Norwich’s history program curriculum is composed of six courses, each of which is delivered through our online classroom over 11 weeks for a total of 36 credit hours.

Our graduates can:

  • Demonstrate a familiarity with more than one historiographic tradition and the ability to synthesize different types of historical knowledge.
  • Apply a depth and breadth of subject matter expertise to current roles to become more knowledgeable teachers and public historians.
  • Conduct historical research through several resources such as course papers and theses.

American History Track

American History is designed to help you establish yourself as a complete historian through the systematic exploration of history in the United States. For the courses below, in addition to common readings and threaded discussion posts each week, each student writes several papers of varying lengths.

  • Introduction to History and Historiography
    MH510 6 credit hours

    This introductory course examines the development of history as a topic of study and trains you in the key disciplines of historiography and methodology. Historiography examines historical thought and research from the first works of history in the classical world to those of the present. You will explore historical methodology and informational literacy, the ways historians gather information and formulate hypotheses, the development of research methods including the use of primary and secondary sources, and the challenges of objectivity, selectivity, and bias in historical interpretation.

  • American Colonial, Revolutionary and Early National History
    HI520 6 credit hours

    This seminar introduces students to the main themes and historiography of Early America. Students read overviews of the Colonial, Revolutionary, and Early Republic periods, but most of the assigned books are research monographs that explore particular historiographical themes and perspectives, such as religious controversies, political ideologies, gender relations, and slavery’s evolution. Although topics mostly address British North America from 1607 until the early 1800s, requisite attention is also given to Native American experiences, as well as those non-British peoples living along the borderlands. 

  • 19th Century America
    HI530 6 credit hours

    The seminar is not a recitation of dry and lifeless facts. The nineteenth century is a period of much drama, humor, and sadness in American history---a time of great achievements and unspeakable horrors. This seminar maintains a sense of the enormity of this national drama---to experience what historian Bruce Catton has described as "history with the blood in it." The objective of this sort of history is to capture the "feel" of the era as well as the "facts” during the years 1815 – 1903. Broad topics include constitutional debates about slavery, American western expansion across the continent, the American Civil War in history and memory, and the challenges of American industrialization.

  • 20th Century America
    HI540 6 credit hours

    This seminar explores American history beginning with the turn of the twentieth century and introduces students to major themes and historiographic trends of the period. Among these are the ways historians have interpreted the struggles for equality for women and minorities, the evolving relationships between the natural and built environments, and the increasing American involvement in international economics and foreign conflicts.  At times, large groups of people such as immigrants receive attention, while at times in the course, the influence of key individuals receives close scrutiny.

  • Directed Readings in History
    HI550 6 credit hours

    This course is designed to help students gain a detailed, graduate-level understanding of specific areas or topics in American history or world history, and historiography that will prepare students for comprehensive examinations, capstone papers/thesis projects and for teaching.

  • Capstone Paper
    MH562 6 credit hours

    Under the direction of a Norwich faculty member assigned by the program’s capstone director, you will research and write a capstone paper of approximately 50 pages. The paper must cite scholarly secondary sources as well as primary source documents and demonstrate your mastery of the historiography of your topic. The paper must contain a well-developed historical question and a compelling interpretation/argument in answer to the question posed. 

World History Track

World History is designed to give you the capability to examine world history to build a strong historical knowledge base.

  • Introduction to History and Historiography
    MH510 6 credit hours

    This introductory course examines the development of history as a topic of study and trains you in the key disciplines of historiography and methodology. Historiography examines historical thought and research from the first works of history in the classical world to those of the present. You will explore historical methodology and informational literacy, the ways historians gather information and formulate hypotheses, the development of research methods including the use of primary and secondary sources, and the challenges of objectivity, selectivity, and bias in historical interpretation.

  • Hunter-Gatherer and Agrarian Eras to 1500
    HI526 6 credit hours

    This seminar examines the human development from the dawn of civilization and the development of agriculture to the onset of European discovery and colonization of the New World in the late 1400s CE. In addition to examining the forces responsible for the development of human civilization in this period, major historiographic debates, historical themes, and methodological problems receive careful attention. Topics include why diverse environments fostered the development of the earliest civilizations, religion and its cultural impact on various societies, the rise and fall of great empires, the social development of class structures and cultural roles of women, and the causes and consequences of major wars. The overall framework of the seminar also allows for the consideration of how different societies influenced and interacted with each other over time.

  • The Late Agrarian Era to 1800
    HI536 6 credit hours

    This seminar examines the development of human cultures and civilizations from the late agrarian era to the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, which is more traditionally known as the Early Modern Epoch (1500-1800). In addition to analyzing new patterns in trade and increased global interactions, motivations and methods of expansions of empires emerge as key interests in the course. The role of religion, as well as the introduction and spread of new technologies such as firearms, played critical roles in the growth and competition among empires. The readings showcase major historiographic debates, historical themes, and problems for this era.

  • World History from 1800 to 1991
    HI546 6 credit hours

    This seminar examines history from a global perspective, beginning with the social and political upheaval of the French Revolution and ending with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the emergence of the contemporary post-Cold War world.  The growth and dissolution of European colonial empires, the emergence of the United States and Russia as global rivals, and the upheaval of two World Wars provide the contours of this seminar.  Readings comprise seminal works in the historiography of Modern Global History as well as more recent contributions that expand beyond the traditional focus of historical analysis on great leaders and major conflicts.

  • Directed Readings in History
    HI550 6 credit hours

    This course is designed to help students gain a detailed, graduate-level understanding of specific areas or topics in American history or world history, and historiography that will prepare students for comprehensive examinations, capstone papers/thesis projects and for teaching.

  • Capstone Paper
    MH562 6 credit hours

    Under the direction of a Norwich faculty member assigned by the program’s capstone director, you will research and write a capstone paper of approximately 50 pages. The paper must cite scholarly secondary sources as well as primary source documents and demonstrate your mastery of the historiography of your topic. The paper must contain a well-developed historical question and a compelling interpretation/argument in answer to the question posed. 

Optional Master's Thesis

The optional master’s thesis is an original research project demonstrating your ability to conduct primary-source research and demonstrate mastery of the historiography germane to the research question. This option is recommended for those interested in continuing their studies in history at the doctoral level. The thesis must reflect graduate-level analysis, synthesis, and argument and make a compelling case for the argument's historical and historiographic significance. Students interested in this degree completion option must petition the Capstone/Thesis Director during the second semester. The petition must be accompanied by a thesis proposal and letters of recommendation from two faculty members of the Master of Arts in History or the Master of Arts in Military History program.

The thesis option is, at minimum are two 11-week three-credit seminars. Accompanying sustaining and thesis fees will be applied.

Prerequisites: Approval of thesis petition and successful completion of the five previous core courses.
 

  • History Thesis I
    MH570 3 credit hours

    This is the first of two required seminars for the thesis project in the History and Military History programs. Students will conduct primary and secondary source research and write drafts of their thesis under the guidance of a faculty thesis advisor. Students pursuing a research question requiring primary and/or secondary sources in one or more foreign languages must demonstrate advanced reading proficiency in the pertinent foreign language(s). External assessment such as the Defense Language Proficiency Examinations, Foreign Service Institute examination or reading comprehension tests approved by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages will be used to assess foreign language proficiency. If required for the research project, proof of foreign language competency must accompany the petition for the thesis option. Thesis and additional fees will be applied.

    Prerequisites: approval of Program Director, Associate Program Director for Academics and Capstone Director, successful completion of Seminars 1-5, and, if applicable, advanced reading knowledge of the pertinent foreign language(s).

  • History Thesis II
    MH571 3 credit hours

    The second of two required seminars for the thesis project. Students will continue their research related to their thesis and will write a final version of the thesis under the guidance of their thesis advisor. Upon approval of the thesis advisor, the student will submit their thesis to their thesis committee and schedule an oral defense with his/her advisor and program thesis readers. A successful oral defense and final manuscript meeting the approval of a majority of the thesis committee will result in a grade of S (Satisfactory).

    Prerequisites: MH570: Thesis I.

Residency

The final academic requirement for the history program is a residency at the beautiful and historic Norwich University campus in Vermont. Students have the opportunity to meet with fellow students, faculty, and program staff in both formal classroom and informal settings. Academic recognition ceremonies and commencement cap off the week, and family and friends are encouraged to attend.

Norwich covers the cost of all meals and accommodation on campus.

Admissions

At a Glance

  • No GRE/GMAT required
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher

 

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Next Start Date

Monday, June 3, 2019

Application Deadline

Monday, May 6, 2019

Contact Admissions

Mon - Thurs: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST
Friday: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST
Extended hours available by appointment

 

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Call: +1-647-722-6642 ext. 3372 (International)
Email: mah@online.norwich.edu

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    Transfer Credits
    You may receive the equivalent of up to 12 semester credits for study conducted elsewhere. Norwich complies with VA regulations and guidelines as it pertains to transfer credits.
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    International Admissions
    Norwich University welcomes students from all countries who want to study through our online programs. You must complete all steps in the admissions process.
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    Norwich Alumni Benefits
    Reconnect with Norwich to complete your master's degree. As apart of our alumni community, you are eligible for a $2,500 scholarship and other benefits.

Non-Discrimination Statement

Norwich University, in compliance with Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, or physical handicap in any of its policies, practices, or procedures.

Tuition & Fees

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When applying for the Master of Arts in History program at Norwich University, there are two essential factors to consider: what does it cost, and how can you pay for it? There are many ways to get financial assistance and several financial strategies that can help you achieve your academic and professional goals. We are here to help you identify and pursue the options that are best for you.

Tuition at a Glance

  • Credit Hours: 36
  • Cost Per Credit Hour: $704

2018-19 Tuition and Fee Schedule - Master's Programs

Rate Per Credit Term Tuition Additional Expenses Total
$704 $4,224

Technology - $300/term
Library - $75/term
Graduation - $150/one-time

$27,744

Careers & Outcomes

Career Opportunities for Master of Arts in History Graduates

Whether your goals are to sharpen writing and research skills, develop a nuanced perspective on the past or garner subject matter experience, numerous Norwich alumni have proven that the pursuit of an online master’s degree in history is a fruitful endeavor.

Our Master of Arts in History degree can help you reach a variety of roles related to the field of history. You can also apply your degree to other public history venues. If you are in the military, our online master’s degree in history program may help you advance within the military or transition to a new career.

Our graduates have pursued a variety of roles, including:

Career Roles

  • Archivist
  • Archeologist
  • Content Producer
  • Curator
  • Digital Historian
  • Editor
  • Educator
  • Executive Director
  • Grant Writer
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Legislative Staff
  • Museum Director
  • Records Manager
  • Researcher

Our students bring experience from nearly every sector of public service, including*:

  • Federal Government (Military) - 10%
  • State/Local Government - 40%
  • For-profit Organization - 50%

What our graduates have to say:

  • 80% report a higher level of responsibility at work since graduation.*
  • 82% say they have acquired practical skills they were able to apply to their job.*
  • 92% would recommend our online program to someone they know.*
  • Read more about our Master of Arts in History student outcomes.

*Source: Norwich University Master of Arts in History Graduate Survey, fielded in February 2016; percentages are based on those who responded.

 

Where are Norwich Alumni Today?

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Michael S. Eldredge

Current history student recently published a historical article entitled “The Utah Territorial Bar Association: Our Forgotten Heritage.”

Class of 2013

Faculty & Staff

Our Master of Arts in History program is led by expert doctorate faculty and dedicated staff members. Through their leadership, the program challenges you to enhance your writing, analytical skills, and subject matter expertise, and introduces you to the major historical themes and debates in the field of study. Our staff members provide additional support, guiding you from day one to graduation.

We have an in-house instructional design team that work hand-in-hand with program faculty and staff to ensure an efficient and interactive online learning experience in each course.

Program Director

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David J. Ulbrich, PhD

David J. Ulbrich was named program director and associate professor in the Master of Arts in History and Military History programs in August 2017. He served as an adjunct instructor, course developer, and capstone advisor for Norwich University from 2007 until 2017, before he joined Norwich in his current capacity. Ulbrich has also taught at Ball State University, Ohio University, and Rogers State University.

Dr. Ulbrich earned his PhD in 2007 from Temple University where he studied with Gregory Urwin and the late Russell Weigley. Ulbrich is an award-winning author, instructor, and consultant. Ulbrich's first book, Preparing for Victory: Thomas Holcomb and the Making of the Marine Corps, 1936-1943 (Naval Institute Press 2011), won the “2012 General Wallace Greene Jr. Prize” from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. Ulbrich and co-author Matthew Muehlbauer published the second edition of Ways of War: American Military History from the Colonial Period to the 21st Century (Routledge 2017). Muehlbauer and Ulbrich also co-edited The Routledge History of Global War and Society (Routledge, 2018). Together with co-author and long-time Norwich instructor Bobby Wintermute, Ulbrich will publish the Race and Gender in Modern Western Warfare (DeGruyter) in late 2018.

In addition to academic employment, Dr. Ulbrich has significant experience in the public history field. In 2015-2016, he worked as a contractor for the U.S. Army. From 2009 to 2013, he served as a civilian historian at the U.S. Army Engineer School in Missouri. From 2007 to 2009, he worked as a historical consultant and on-air segment host for the award-winning “Echoes of War: Stories from the Big Red One” television documentary; and as co-director of the Cantigny First Division Oral History Project. Both these projects were funded by the McCormick Foundation.

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Program Staff

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John Broom, PhD
Associate Program Director of Academics
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Sandra  Rotter, MPA
Associate Program Director
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Benjamin Sipe, MPA
Student Services Manager

Featured Faculty

Faculty

Alumni

Get to know the graduates of Norwich’s online Master of Arts in History program.

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Personally, the [history] program renewed my interest in research, critical thinking, and writing.


Tiffany Sakahar-Petersen
Class of 2017
Master of Arts in History

The information and strategies I have learned as a result of this program will transfer directly into my current job. As a high school teacher, I will be able to take these strategies and rework them to allow my students to be exposed to higher level strategies that will help them be more successful in their future courses.


Jonathan  Sierputowski
Class of 2014
Master of Arts in History

The thing I find most impressive about the university is its approach to teaching and methodology. The professors are experts in their field and they act as a mentor. They give students the tools and allow students to develop themselves along with their peers.


Tammy  Partridge
Class of 2014
Master of Arts in History

Frequently Asked Questions

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: $704
  • Term Tuition: $4,224
  • Technology Fee: $300/term
  • Library Fee: $75/semester
  • Graduation Fee: $150/one-time         
  • Total Program Cost (6 terms): $27,744
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.

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