Master of Arts in Military History

Our History is Life Changing

There is probably not a single program at Norwich University that attracts such a broad range of talented individuals as the online Master of Arts in Military History program. The program's students are at varied points in their lives and are situated in numerous disparate professions. Their academic and professional goals, too, are especially far reaching.

Whether seeking to sharpen their writing and research skills, develop a nuanced perspective on the past, or garner subject matter-expertise that could aid in a teaching, writing, or other career, numerous Norwich alumni have proved that the pursuit of an online master's degree in military history is a fruitful endeavor.

Enhanced Skills

The American Historical Association has identified several “Elements of Mastery” for a master’s degree program. In a recent survey*, here's how our graduates reflected on their own mastery:

  • 98% learned to think like a historian
  • 98% developed a base of historical knowledge
  • 97% established the foundations for professional identity as a historian
  • 98% developed their research and presentation skills

Career Outcomes

With knowledge comes the possibility and privilege of influence. Whether it’s inspiring a class of middle school students to learn from the lessons of history, convincing your organization’s leadership to pursue a new strategy to promote an old idea, or delivering a written or oral account to an audience of a few dozen, tens of thousands, or, in this digital age, maybe even millions - knowledge offers such possibilities.

Although few will ever receive the critical acclaim of Norwich alum Carlo D’Este, the Pritzker Military History Library prize-winning Norwich history graduate whose books are read by millions across the globe, a considerable number of our graduates impact the way in which history is interpreted every day. Norwich history students and alumni write articles that appear in popular and academic history periodicals, complete and publish book manuscripts, and lecture or teach in community colleges, cultural organizations, or the schools and communities where they live. Since completing the Master of Arts in Military History degree at Norwich, 34% of recent alumni survey* respondents have published an article in a journal, magazine, or other forum.

For 2014 alumnus Kevin Gould, an intelligence officer with Army G-2 at the Pentagon, his Norwich degree contributed to his employment opportunities:

“Applying evidence-based argumentation to historical events to assess their causes trained me to apply the same techniques to my duties of evaluating draft policies to ensure they are logical, organized, and remain consistent with existing law, policy, and regulations. My hiring board at the Pentagon cited my Norwich degree as an important factor in setting me apart from other qualified candidates for my position as an intelligence officer for the Army G-2.”

Where Our Graduates Work

Norwich military history program graduates are employed by organizations such as the United States Naval War College, American Military University, and The Boeing Company, and in positions such as history instructor, collections manager, and reporter. Noted employers of our online Master of Arts in Military History program graduates include:


  • American Defense Systems, Inc.
  • Boston Scientific
  • General Dynamics
  • Goodrich Aerostructures
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Pratt & Whitney
  • SAP
  • Stephens Media LLC/The Las Vegas Review-Journal
  • The Boeing Company
  • United Technologies Aerospace Systems


  • Canadian Armed Forces
  • Iowa Army National Guard
  • United States Army
  • United States Army - Basic Combat Training Museum
  • United States Army - Center of Military History
  • United States Army National Guard
  • United States Air Force
  • United States Air Force - Goodfellow Air Force Base
  • United States Coast Guard
  • United States Marine Corps
  • United States Navy


  • Office of the Secretary of Defense/The Pentagon
  • National Archives
  • State of Michigan
  • State of Nevada
  • United States Africa Command
  • United States Civil Service
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • United States Marshals Service

Cultural Organizations

  • Colonial National Historical Park
  • Eldred World War II Museum
  • First Division Museum at Cantigny
  • Gold Star Museum, Iowa National Guard
  • Michigan Historical Museum
  • Smithsonian Institution Air and Space Museum

Primary/Secondary Education

  • Averill Park High School
  • Brookneal Elementary
  • Lathrop High School
  • Lee Public Schools
  • Palm Beach Lake High School
  • Peoria Unified School District
  • Seabreeze High School
  • Sikeston Public Schools
  • Trinity Collegiate High School
  • West Orange High School

Higher Education

  • American Military University (AMU)
  • Central Texas College
  • Monroe College
  • North Dakota State University
  • Northwood University
  • Park University
  • University of California - Davis
  • University of Missouri - Columbia
  • United States Naval War College

*Source: Norwich University Master of Arts in Military History Graduate Survey, fielded March 2014