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Master's in History Online MA Degree Program

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Register By: July 27 Classes Start: July 29

Earn a Master's in History Online 

  • $637/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.

What You'll Learn

  • How to interpret history using various sources
  • Analysis of sources for credibility
  • Best writing practices for varying audiences
  • Ethical and social responsibilities of a historian
  • Tools to preserve and disseminate historical knowledge

How You'll Learn

At SNHU, you'll get support from day 1 to graduation and beyond. And with no set class times, 24/7 access to the online classroom and helpful learning resources along the way, you'll have everything you need to reach your goals.

Concentration Options

Want to dive deeper than the general course of study? Our program gives you the opportunity to choose from 3 focused concentrations.

Concentration Options

Career Outlook

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

Job Growth

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, career opportunities for historians are projected to grow 3% through 2032.1

Salary

The median annual salary was $64,540 for historians in 2022.1

Understanding the Numbers
When reviewing job growth and salary information, it’s important to remember that actual numbers can vary due to many different factors — like years of experience in the role, industry of employment, geographic location, worker skill and economic conditions. Cited projections do not guarantee actual salary or job growth.

However, it's important to note that the MA in History was designed not only to 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.

Where Could You Work?

Museums

Lead the acquisition, storage and exhibition of collections, in addition to categorizing them. 

Nonprofits

Research, analyze, interpret and write about the past by studying historical documents and sources.

Universities

Appraise, process, catalog and preserve permanent records and historically valuable documents.

Libraries

Help people find information and conduct research for personal and professional use. 

Publishing

Plan, review and revise content for publication, confirming sources and verifying facts in the process. 

Government

Manage the organization, classification and disposal of records, both physical and digital. 

Start Your Journey Toward an Online History Degree

What SNHU Students Are Saying

Denise TreacyDenise Treacy '15G

"I never really thought it was possible to do my degree online. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the MA in History program and cost. I could actually afford it."

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.

University Accreditation

New England Commission of Higher Education 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.

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 $1,911 $637 $9,555 
Degree/Certificates
(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:
Course Materials ($ varies by course). Foundational courses may be required based on your undergraduate course history, which may result in additional cost.

Frequently Asked Questions

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