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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.


  • Master of Arts
  • 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.

Quick Info

1 Week Residency

Visit campus for culminating experience

15 Students

Maximum number of students per class

18 Months

Maximum number of students per class

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.



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.

World History Track

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

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 five previous core courses.


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.


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

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?

Michael S. Eldredge

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

Class of 2013,
Master of Arts in History

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.


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

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