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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.

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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 financial aid.

Accreditation & Recognition

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Norwich University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of 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.


Scholarship Opportunities

Norwich University offers a range of opportunities to help you lower your overall tuition costs. Contact our admissions team today to learn more about the below options. Please note that scholarships are not additive. In addition to the below scholarships, students may also be eligible for discounts if their organization partners with Norwich University.

Achievement Scholarship

Recognizing your past academic and professional achievements, the Achievement Scholarship is for newly enrolled students. You could receive a $4,200 scholarship, which will be distributed equally over the courses of the program. To be considered for this scholarship opportunity, submit your application package (application form, resume, letter of intent, and essay (if applicable)) for your program of interest at least one week prior to the upcoming application deadline. The Scholarship Selection Committee will review all application materials and select the recipient. 

Norwich Alumni Scholarship

Norwich University alumni and their spouses, parents, and children are eligible to receive our Alumni Scholarship. The scholarship is award for each term of enrollment at $425 per term.

Active Duty Military Scholarship

Active duty, National Guard, and Reserve personnel are eligible to receive a $250 award for each term of enrollment in an online master’s degree program.



Core 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.

Second and Third Course

Students select two courses below to fulfill their second and third courses in the military history program.

Fourth Course

Students select one course below to fulfill their fourth courses in the military history program.

Fifth Course and Capstone

Required for all students in the military history program.

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 the Master of Arts in Military History program.

The thesis option is, at minimum are two 11-week three-credit seminars. Accompanying sustaining and thesis fees will be applied.

Prerequisites: Approval of thesis petition and successful completion of the five previous core courses.


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.


At a Glance

  • No GRE/GMAT required
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher

Admissions Requirements »

Eligibility Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited U.S. institution, or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution, as evaluated by WESIERFSpanTran, or CED.
  • If English is not your first language, proof of English language proficiency is required. 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.*
    • The applicant holds a baccalaureate or master’s degree from a college/university/institution in which the primary language of instruction was English.

Please Note:  All eligibility requirements are expected to be met unless noted in specific articulation agreements or memoranda of understand (MOUs).

Application Process

We encourage you to contact an admissions advisor (see below) if you need help at any stage of the application process. You will be required to submit the following items:

  • Application form
  • Resume that includes 3 professional references with contact information
  • Official transcript of your undergraduate degree from a regionally or nationally accredited university
  • Letter of intent
  • Admissions essay demonstrating graduate-level writing and critical thinking skills, or the GRE with the following scores:
    • For GRE tests taken within the past six years:
      • 85th percentile or higher on the verbal test and a 5 or higher on the analytical writing test
    • In place of the admissions essay, the Program Director will also consider a thesis, or a publication, or other evidence of scholarly work that includes footnotes or citations, and an argument that's several pages long on a case-by-case basis.

  • Proof of English language proficiency if applicable (TOEFL)

To contact an admissions advisor:

Phone: 802-962-4330

Contact Admissions

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT
Extended hours available by appointment

Call: 1-802-962-4330

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    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.
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    Academic Scholarships
    The Master of Arts in Military History program now offers an academic achievement scholarship for newly enrolled students! Complete your application to qualify for one of the scholarships.
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    Norwich Alumni Benefits
    Reconnect with Norwich to complete your master's degree. As apart of our alumni community, you are eligible for a $2,500 scholarship and other benefits.

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


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: $719

2021-22 Tuition and Fee Schedule - Master's Programs

Rate Per Credit
Additional Expenses Total

Technology - $300/term
Library - $75/term
Graduation - $150/one-time


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:

  • of responding Master of Arts in Military History graduates said their degree helped open new professional opportunities.**

  • of responding Master of Arts in Military History graduates say they were successful in advancing in their field or career.**

  • 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.

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

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.


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

Frequently Asked Questions

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: $719
  • Term tuition: $4,314
  • Library Fee: $75/term
  • Technology Fee: $300/term
  • Graduation Fee: $150/one-time
  • Total Program Cost (6 terms): $28,284
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.