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Earn Your Master's Degree Online with Norwich

Master of Arts in History and Military History

As America’s first private military college, and the birthplace of ROTC, Norwich University has played a vital role in history since its founding in 1819. Norwich University’s online Master of Arts in History and Military History programs focus on teaching the critical thinking necessary to integrate different types of historical information. The programs provide students with an introduction of differing historical interpretations as a foundation for developing a professional identity as a historian.

Earn your master's degree from a university with a 200-year legacy of educating leaders.

  • Personal Support: Our advisors can help you navigate the admissions process including financial aid/Military Assistance.
  • Shape Your Education: Tailor coursework with an array of electives or with a concentration to strengthen your knowledge and meet your professional goals.
  • Expert Faculty: Experience a high degree of interaction with our expert faculty who have industry and research experience.
  • Extensive Alumni Network: Norwich's alumni community can help you make global connections at private businesses, industries, and government agencies.

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Impact on Your Career

Using the evidence-based argumentation methods that I've employed in my history papers, and my history projects, has translated directly to my work as an intelligence officer, in advocating the risks and benefits of certain courses of action.

Kevin Gould
Master of Arts in Military History Graduate

Master of Arts in History

The M.A. in History curriculum includes six online seminars (36 credits) that can be completed in 18 months and a one-week Residency. Up to 12 credits can be transferred from accredited graduate programs, including Professional Military Education (PME) institutions.

There are four different tracks that students in the M.A. in History program can follow:

  • American History: Helps you establish yourself as a complete historian through the systematic exploration of history in the United States.
  • World History: Gives you the capability to examine world history to build a strong historical knowledge base.
  • Public History: Enables you to make history accessible through the preservation and interpretation of visual artifacts, written documents, material culture, and other sources.
  • Legal and Constitutional History: Designed for primary and secondary school teachers in American history, world history, social studies, and/or government. 

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Achievement Scholarship: New students who enroll in the the Master of Arts in History or Military History program may be eligible to receive a $4,200 scholarship towards their degree. Please email Dr. David Ulbrich, program director, at for more information.

Master of Arts in Military History

The M.A. in Military History curriculum includes six online seminars (36 credits) that can be completed in 18 months and a one-week Residency. 

There are three program-required seminars and an array of elective seminars. Below is a list of the elective courses available:

  • Chinese Military History
  • Non-Western Military History
  • Race and Gender in Military History
  • Amphibious Warfare
  • Total War
  • Military Thought and Theory
  • Student-directed thesis

Admissions & Tuition

Application Materials

  • Complete application form
  • Resume
  • Official transcript of your undergraduate degree
  • Letter of intent
  • At least one letter of recommendation from a professional or academic contact
  • Proof of English language proficiency, if applicable

Tuition & Fees

  • $719 per credit hour (36 total credit hours)
  • $28,284  total tuition and fees
  • We accept military and veteran benefits
  • Tuition discounts available

Career Opportunities

  • Professors at institutions from community colleges to the Naval War College and more
  • Researcher
  • Supervisor of volunteers at a museums
  • Museum curator, registrar, or exhibit designer
  • Historians and Command Histories in the Department of Defense
  • Copy editors, freelance authors, and bloggers
  • Officers in the U.S. military in intelligence, planning, aviation, inspector general, infantry, surface warfare, and other branches and missions
  • Primary and secondary school teachers
  • Archivist or Records Manager
  • Preservationist of paper or 3-D artifacts
  • Archeologist
  • Executive Director
  • Grant Writer
  • Intelligence Analyst

If You Can Dream It, You Can Accomplish It

Jessica Colon, Master of Arts in Military History graduate, was interested in Norwich’s on-campus residency requirement prior to graduation and Norwich's concept-based courses. 

Jessica found support from professors when submitting her Capstone thesis idea on Marine Corps operations in Hiroshima for the best graduate student paper on military history at the 2018 Northern Great Plains History Conference, which she won (This award was co-sponsored by the Society for Military History).

Learn more about Jessica’s story.

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Military History Certificate

Expand your credentials in high-demand areas of expertise with Norwich Pro’s certificates and individual courses. Norwich Pro's online Military History Certificate program offers flexibility, accessibility, and unique history knowledge, backed by our 200-year legacy as America's first private military college. 

Military History Certificate courses available:

  • Understanding D-Day
  • Bill of Rights in the 21st Century
  • Exorcising Hitler's Ghost: The Holocaust, Denial & The Importance of History

Expand your expertise while earning CEUs to help meet your profesisonal development goals, including teaching license renewal. Each course is 5-weeks long and are $499 per course.

Become a part of Norwich University's global community.

Take your career to the next level with a master degree from Norwich University. Complete the form above to learn more about our history and military history programs.