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Master's in History Online MA Degree Program

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Register By: April 15 Classes Start: April 17

Earn a Master's in History Online 

  • $627/credit (33 credits total)
  • Transfer up to 12 graduate credits
  • Complete in as few as 15 months or at your own pace
  • Develop advanced research skills
  • Choose from 3 specialized concentrations
  • 24/7 online accessibility – attend class when and where it's convenient

Master’s in History Program Overview

Interpret the past and illuminate the future in the online Master of Arts (MA) in History degree program from Southern New Hampshire University.

The master’s in history program can deepen your knowledge of the process of "making" history through analysis of historical scholarship, crafting written communications and defending the relevance of the past as it pertains to making informed decisions about the future.

Upon graduating, you'll emerge not only with degree-specific knowledge, but also with a valuable set of widely applicable skills. By studying advanced research, analysis, presentation, writing and critical-thinking techniques, the master's in history program can help you bolster your history expertise while building a transferable set of skills you can use in a variety of fields.

Our faculty is full of experienced and passionate historians – many with doctoral degrees – who are dedicated to sharing their deep understanding of history. Regardless of which geographic, periodic or thematic area of history piques your interest, the MA in History program can build upon your understanding of our past and its implications for our future.

Learn how to:

  • Interpret history using primary and secondary sources
  • Analyze the credibility of historical sources
  • Write for specific audiences using best practices
  • Address the ethical and social responsibilities of a historian
  • Explain the value of using the past to make future decisions
  • Use tools to preserve, organize, assess and disseminate historical knowledge

Want to dive deeper than the general course of study? Our program also gives you the opportunity to choose from 3 focused concentrations: American history, military history and public history.

Concentration Options

Career Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, historians make a median annual salary of $63,940 with a 4% job growth projected through 2031 – as fast as the average job growth.1

Taking your education a step further by earning your MA in History is also a strategic step in finding employment as a historian, as BLS reports that most historian positions require at least a master's degree.1

Careers for master's degree-holders include:

  • Archivist
  • Curator
  • Editor
  • Educator
  • Historian
  • Journalist
  • Museum director
  • Records manager

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that most historians work in:

  • Local, state and federal governments
  • Museums
  • Historical societies
  • Scientific research and development services
  • Architectural and engineering services
  • Consulting1

The MA in History was designed to not only build your history-specific knowledge and skills, but to prepare you for an array of careers outside of academia and traditional history-related positions. Aside from writing and communication skills, the master's in history aims to help you become skilled in advanced research, analysis and presentation of information while developing your ability to plan and execute projects.

Audra Kantor with the text Audra KantorThis program also helps you turn your love of history into a career. That's one of the main factors that attracted Audra Kantor '21G to the program.

"I wanted to find a program that would allow for advancement in my career in the museum field," she said. Now, she works at a military museum in the suburbs of Chicago.

Without historians, there would be no history. Writing history, preserving it and applying it are integral to a surprising number of professions. A master's degree is more relevant than ever to today's careers in:

  • Teaching: Becoming a secondary or postsecondary educator often requires earning at least a master's degree. (Note: Teaching licensure may be required for some positions.)
  • Research: The ability to practice responsible, unbiased research techniques is certainly an asset in history-related research professions and beyond.
  • Government: Knowledge of past events is crucial in determining future actions of local, state and national governments.
  • Publishing: Editing, writing and research skills paired with expertise in history could be valuable in the world of nonfiction and academic publishing.
  • Preservation: With the nationwide trends of downtown revitalization and rapid urban development, people with history degrees can be sought after as part of the preservation efforts of historical sites.

Start Your Journey Toward an Online History Degree

Courses & Curriculum

SNHU’s history programs require more than just the memorization of facts. The curriculum for the online master's in history advances the applications and relevancy of history while strengthening research and writing skills. Throughout your courses, you'll develop critical-thinking skills that can be applied to research, writing, publishing and government work, using what you’ve learned from the past to help determine the right path for the future.

The core master's in history degree courses focus on the historical methods and research skills that enable professional historians to accurately and convincingly explain the past. By understanding the range of historical approaches, you'll better appreciate the changing nature of historical interpretations and arguments and develop your own preferred methods of analysis. You'll have the option of exploring history through traditional coursework, focused on research and writing, or by investigating subjects pertinent to public history, such as understanding the latest technology for preserving and digitizing history.

Our 3 concentrations in American history, military history and public history then give you the opportunity to specialize your knowledge base and skill set – which might be attractive to certain employers. If you're interested in developing a broader knowledge base instead of focusing on a concentration area, you can tailor your program by choosing electives from any of the graduate history courses.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Graduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 15 credits 
Degree/Certificates $1,881 $627 $9,405 
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)*
$1,410 $470 $7,050 

Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
*Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs:
$150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Frequently Asked Questions

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.