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Master of Arts in Military History

Explore Your Passion for Military History

Develop a thorough understanding of military history and global conflict by earning your Master of Arts in Military History online from Norwich University. Designed as a comprehensive examination of global military history, this highly regarded online master’s degree improves on your proficiency as a historian, and places our world’s military achievements and conflicts in chronological, geographical, political, and economic context.

Founded as the nation’s first private military college, Norwich University is an important part of America’s proud military history. Our Master of Arts in Military History program reflects, honors, and extends Norwich’s military heritage.

 

Degree
  • Master of Arts
Concentrations
  • Students select elective courses.

Why Norwich?


Build a wide base of historical knowledge in the field of military history.

Learn from expert faculty to improve your historical insight, research, writing, analysis and presentation skills.

Explore different theaters of conflict, including America, Asia, Africa, Latin America and China.

Benefit from our unique curriculum, which is informed by the American Historical Association.

Apply to one of four start dates per year.

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 received the average level of need-based finanical aid.

Quick Info

1 Week Residency

Visit campus for culminating experience

15 Students

Maximum number of students per class

18 Months

Average time to program completion

3 December

Next Start Date

5 November

Application Deadline

Accreditation & Recognition

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Norwich University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. - the nation's oldest regional accrediting body - through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE). Regional Accreditation by 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 Military History Curriculum

Norwich’s military history program curriculum is composed of six courses, each of which is delivered over 11 weeks for a total of 36 credit hours. Students master one course at a time, to create a strong foundation of knowledge and context for future topics.

Our graduates can:

  • Develop the critical thinking, research, writing, and analytical skills necessary for work in the field of teaching at the secondary or post-secondary level, or in public history venues, as well careers in professional writing, and to prepare students for Ph.D.-level work in history.
  • Apply historical knowledge within the field of military history.
  • Increase awareness of differing historical interpretations and develop the ability to synthesize diverse types of historical knowledge.
  • Conduct research and expand their writing, analysis, and presentation skills.
  • Learn to think like a historian and develop historiographical sensibilities and historical habits of mind.

Core Course

Every student in the military history program begins with a history and historiography introductory course followed by elective courses.

  • Introduction to History and Historiography
    MH510 6 credit hours

    This introductory course examines the development of military 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.

Tailor Your Online Master of Arts in Military History Coursework

Students select three courses below to fulfill their second, third, and fourth course in the military history program.

  • Global Military History to 1800
    MH520 6 credit hours

    This course examines the global patterns of warfare, on land and at sea, from the ancient world to the eve of the Industrial Revolution. Special emphasis is placed on continuity and change in warfare, as well as the impact of socioeconomic and cultural factors.

  • Military Thought and Theory
    MH530 6 credit hours

    This course examines the most influential military theoreticians and strategists from the period of the Thirty Years’ War to the present. You will examine the theories of Clausewitz, Jomini, Douhet, Mahan, Corbett, and Mao Tse-Tung, as well as the theories of deterrence and nuclear war and post-Maoist revolutionary warfare.

  • Non-Western Military History
    MH540 6 credit hours

    This course examines some of the major historical factors that have shaped the military trajectory of the modern extra-European (and North American) world, comprising China, Israel, Middle East, Africa, India/South Asia, Ethiopia, Latin America/South America, and Turkey/Ottoman, with particular focus on the 19th and 20th centuries.

  • Chinese Military History
    MH541 6 credit hours

    This course provides an introduction to Chinese military history and covers topics including military thought, strategy and tactics, technologies, and cultural factors as they pertain to the waging of war. You will be introduced to the latest scholarship and interpretations and will be encouraged to engage in comparative thinking throughout the class. In the process, you will attempt to determine if any society approaches warfare uniquely or if universal approaches outweigh the specific.

  • Amphibious Warfare
    MH543 6 credit hours

    This course examines amphibious operations from antiquity to the present. It also sketches broader contexts for amphibious warfare as it has affected political, diplomatic, and economic change by determining to what degree, if at all, various amphibious actions figured in what has been labeled as an early-modern “military revolution” that contributed to the “Rise of the West.”

  • U.S. Military History
    MH550 6 credit hours

    This course examines America’s unique experience of warfare and the development of military institutions and military policy in the United States. You will explore the country’s military history from the Colonial era to the present, with an emphasis on the Revolutionary War, Civil War, frontier wars, America’s rise to great power status, World War I and World War II, and the conflicts of the Cold War era. Throughout the course, you will also examine the efficacy of the Russell Weigley's “American Way of War,” as well as America’s civil-military relations.

  • Race and Gender in Military History
    MH551 6 credit hours

    This course covers the complex issues surrounding racial integration in military institutions, including questions about citizenship and ethnicity. You will also examine the history of women’s participation in warfare and issues of gender integration in the military.

  • Total War
    MH552 6 credit hours

    This course examines the origins of the concept and practice of “total war” in the period from the French Revolution to the end of the Cold War. The French Revolution, Napoleonic Wars, American Civil War, World War I, and World War II will be studied. You will also examine the evolution of modern war, the characteristics of “total war,” and the usefulness of the concept in describing such massive conflicts.

Fifth Course and Capstone

Required for all students in the military history program.

  • Directed Readings in Military History
    HI550 6 credit hours

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

  • Capstone Course
    MH562 6 credit hours

    As a degree requirement, you will write and submit a capstone paper that explores in depth a program-approved topic of your own choosing that demonstrates effective use of appropriate academic sources. The expected length of the capstone paper is 45 to 50 pages.

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 Master of Arts in Military History program.

The thesis option is, at minimum, a semester-long (22-week) project with accompanying sustaining and thesis fees.

Prerequisites: Approval of thesis petition and successful completion of the required core courses and electives.

Residency

Our online Master of Arts in Military History program ends in a residency at the historic Norwich University campus in Vermont. During this time you will 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

Admissions Requirements »

Next Start Date

Monday, December 3, 2018

Application Deadline

Monday, November 5, 2018

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

 

Call: 1-800-460-5597 ext. 3372 (US and Canada)
Call: +1-647-722-6642 ext. 3372 (International)
Email: mmh@online.norwich.edu

  • transfer
    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.
  • international
    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.
  • prior learning
    Credits for Prior Learning
    Through Norwich's agreement with the Department of the Army/U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, earn up to six credit hours toward completion of the military history program requirements. Ask you advisor.

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

About

When applying for the Master of Arts in Military 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 Military History Graduates

Our online Master of Arts in Military History program serves as a stepping stone to advancement in a variety of fields and can help you increase your earning potential. While the average historian earns $55,110, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than a quarter of our graduates earn a salary between $70,000 and $89,000, and more than 40% earn more than $90,000.*

The online Master of Arts in Military History program attracts highly motivated and passionate students from across the country. Our graduates have leveraged their in-depth exploration of military history and the key skills they have developed in their professional and personal lives.

Our graduates have pursued a variety of roles, including:

Career Roles

  • Surface Warfare Officer
  • Historian
  • Teacher
  • Assistant Professor
  • Chief of Force Structure

Our alumni have attained positions at top organizations, including*:

Places of Work

  • State and local government entities
  • Federal government agencies
  • Museums
  • Archives
  • Historical socieities
  • Research organizations
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Consulting firms
  • Academic institutions

What our graduates have to say:

  • 93% of responding Master of Arts in Military History graduates said their degree helped open new professional opportunities.**
  • 100% of responding Master of Arts in Military History graduates say they were successful in advancing in their field or career.**
  • 93% of responding alumni believe that their Master of Arts in Military History degree was a worthwhile investment.**
  • Read more about our Master of Arts in Military History student outcomes.

*www.bls.gov
**Source: Norwich University Master of Arts in Military History Graduate Survey, fielded March 2016

Where are Norwich Alumni Today?

Robert Ranstadler

Independent military historian and freelance writer launches online portfolio website.

Class of 2017,
Master of Arts in Military History

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Heather Salazar

Alumna receives several grants for doctoral research.

Class of 2012,
Master of Arts in Military History

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Carlos Mutis

Carlos Mutis has recently earned the opportunity to put his Master of Arts in Military Histor

Class of 2011,
Master of Arts in Military History

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Captain Steven Dieter

Alumnus awarded the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers.

Class of 2013,
Master of Arts in Military History

Faculty & Staff

At the heart of the Master of Arts in Military History program is our faculty. They include prolific authors and editors, prominent speakers, and nationally recognized experts who regularly present their work at the annual Society for Military History conference. In addition to cultivating a highly interactive learning environment, faculty members serve as mentors to students throughout their program of study.

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.

Meet David J. »

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 Military History program.

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I wanted to earn an advanced degree; I always want to learn more and Norwich offered me an advantageous way in which to enhance my understanding of the field.


Matthew Higbee
Class of 2015
Master of Arts in Military History
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I wanted to apply my love of history toward a rigorous degree from a recognized and highly-reputable school. I wanted a program that I could brag about completing, as well as a university with a long and renowned history.


Kevin Gould
Class of 2014
Master of Arts in Military History

Norwich is unique due to the military background of the institution. I wanted to study military history, so what better school than a military-based university.


Mark Burton
Class of 2013
Master of Arts in Military History

Frequently Asked Questions

Military History Program FAQs

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
  • An undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher (overall or in a relevant undergraduate major, such as history or political science).
  • Proof of English language proficiency if English is not your first language. This can be demonstrated in one of three ways:
    • TOEFL — a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (internet-based test) is required.
    • IELTS — a minimum composite score of 6.5 is required.
    • Presentation of a baccalaureate or master’s degree from an institution in which the primary language of instruction was English.
How much is the online Master of Arts in Military History program?
  • Price per Credit: $704
  • Term tuition: $4,224
  • Library Fee: $75/term
  • Technology Fee: $300/term
  • Graduation Fee: $150/one-time
  • Total Program Cost (6 terms): $27,744
Does Norwich accept transfer credits?

When you apply for admission to the Master of Public Administration 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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