Master of Arts in Military History


Quick Info

  • Coursework completed in 18 months
  • Classes capped at 15 students
  • Personalized support

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Next Session Start Date
Monday, September 4, 2017
Application Deadline
Monday, August 14, 2017

What you'll need »

A completed application includes the following:

  • Application form
  • Resume
  • Official transcript of your undergraduate degree from a regionally or nationally accredited university
  • Letter of intent
  • Letter of recommendation from a professional or academic contact
  • Fulfillment of any additional program-specific requirements

Prospective students typically have one week past the application deadline to submit all pieces to be considered complete.

For more information, visit our master’s admissions pages.

Learn from Our Tradition and Expertise

Founded as the nation’s first private military college just four decades after the United States was established, Norwich University is an important part of America’s own proud military history. Our graduates have served in every American conflict since the Mexican-American War, and nearly 200 have served as general officers in the U.S. and foreign armed forces including Admiral of the Navy George Dewey, General Isaac D. White, and General Gordon R. Sullivan.

Our Master of Arts in Military History program reflects, honors, and extends Norwich’s proud military heritage. Attracting highly motivated and passionate students from across the country, our rigorous military history graduate program provides an in-depth exploration of the role of the military and war throughout history. Informed by the American Historical Society’s guidelines for master’s programs in history, our curriculum teaches students to navigate differing historical interpretations, synthesize diverse types of historical knowledge, and develop strong analytical abilities through intensive research and writing assignments.

At the heart of our program is our second-to-none military history faculty. They include prolific book authors and editors, sought-after 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.

The military history degree program culminates in the writing of a capstone paper demonstrating mastery of research and analysis. While developing their capstone papers, throughout the online military history degree program students have access to our highly capable reference staff members, who provide research assistance via email, phone, and chat, as well as our dedicated distance-learning librarian.

The Norwich Advantage

  • You have the flexibility to customize your academic experience based on your particular areas of interest.
  • Small class sizes and students from diverse professional and cultural backgrounds foster in-depth discussions and unique perspectives.
  • You will learn from and be mentored by some of the nation’s foremost experts in military history.
  • In addition to our library’s 100 online databases, 54,000 full-text electronic journals, and hundreds of thousands of e-books, you’ll have access to books in print from our collection of over 140,000 titles and journal articles not available online to students through our material request services.
  • Through our flexible online platform, you can access program content and contribute to class discussions on your own schedule and at your own pace each week. Four start dates per year (March, June, September, December) allow you to engage with the program when it’s most convenient for you.
  • You will graduate with essential skills such as the ability to analyze and synthesize complex information and to compose clear, supportable arguments – skills relevant to a variety of fields including business, teaching, government, and the military.
  • Norwich’s long experience in serving the nation’s military means that you will learn from an institution that not only teaches military history but has also contributed to our country’s security in a significant way.

Career Preparation

Norwich University’s Master of Arts in Military History program gives you the foundation to teach at the high school and community college level or to pursue a PhD for teaching at the university level. Your degree can also serve as a stepping stone to advancement in a variety of careers. Examples of positions held by our alumni include curator of the Eldred World War II Museum, senior manager of communications at The Boeing Company, archivist at the National Archives and Records Administration, and special agent in the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. If you are currently in the military, the knowledge and credentials gained through our online military history degree program may help you advance within the military or transition to a new career.

How to Get Started

We are here to help you achieve your goals. From information on how to apply to the Master of Arts in Military History program to tips on how to manage your time, we will guide and support you throughout your Norwich experience.

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