Online MA


  • The application deadline for the Online MA is Jan 15.

The Online Master of Arts in History offers a rigorous set of required and elective courses, along with supervised research and writing projects. Both demanding and flexible, the Online History MA is designed to appeal to students with a wide variety of interests and professional goals, including:

Unlike Online History MA programs offered at other universities, all of our online graduate courses are taught by tenure-stream faculty in the History Department. Courses in the Online History MA program follow the same set of requirements and guidelines as our face-to-face graduate courses. That means each course will average roughly 250-300 pages of reading per week and entail at least 25 pages of writing for the semester. Students accepted into the Online History MA will take all of their classes online.

Students who wish to apply for the Online MA program must specifically note their choice on their application. Admissions requirements and deadlines for the Online MA in History are identical to those of the regular MA program. See the Admissions page for more information about how to apply. In Fall 2017, the History Department will be admitting roughly 15-20 new students to the Online MA program. Those new students will be selected on a competitive basis. We limit the number of students in our Online MA program so that class sizes can remain small and all graduate students can receive individualized attention from our faculty.

The Online History MA degree is an extremely affordable option for a graduate degree. More information on current tuition and fees can be found here. For information on Financial Aid, click here. Unfortunately, the History Department does not offer Graduate Assistantships to Online MA students.

For more details about the program, please contact the Graduate Program Director: 

Vincent Cannato
McCormack Hall 4-635


The Online MA in History consists of 30 credits:

Online MA Course Offerings for Spring 2018

HIST 605: Historiography of American Religions, Roberta Wollons

In this section we will study the history and historiography of American religions. The course will not emphasize theology, but rather religious identities and communities over time. In America, there are many kinds of Christianities along with a broad diversity of non-Christian belief systems. We will explore such topics as how historians have puzzled over the early Puritans, the fervent utopian and communitarian experiments of the antebellum and civil rights eras, women in religion, the range of religious diversity, and the ever evolving controversies over the separation of church and state.

HIST 681: Topics in European History: World War I in the Middle East, Ruth Miller

The First World War is frequently described as a turning point in the history of the Middle East and North Africa.  This course addresses the law, politics, and diplomacy of the war, alongside civilian and military life during the war years.  Its purpose is to assess the validity of this description.  Focusing on the Ottoman Empire and post-Ottoman state formation, the course explores a broad range of topics, including the wartime and post-war diplomacy, the battle experiences of common soldiers, gender and sexuality, changing military technology, comparative theories of just warfare, wartime artistic expression, public health and disease, population transfer and ethnic violence, and memories and legacies of the war.  The underlying question driving the course is whether World War I was indeed the watershed that so many commentators have claimed it to be.

HIST 682: Topics in American History: Jacksonian America, Julie Winch

Andrew Jackson emerged from the War of 1812 a national hero. His victory at the Battle of New Orleans eventually propelled the man many hailed as “the second Washington” into the White House. We are going to be looking at Andrew Jackson – the man and the image, his policies, his vision of government, his allies and his critics. The Jacksonian Era was about more than the life of one man, though, and we will be using a wide range of primary sources to explore the lives of ordinary Americans, rich and poor, free and enslaved, women and men, immigrants and native-born, those who toiled in factories and those who labored on farms and plantations, as the nation and its people grappled with a host of challenges, from “Indian Removal” to slavery, from revolutions in transportation and communications to the consequences of territorial expansion, and edged ever closer to civil war.  

HIST 690: Thesis Preparation, Timothy Hacsi

This is a one-semester individual course to help students develop a viable thesis topic. 


Previously Taught Online MA Courses

HIST 600: Research and Methods: Genealogy

HIST 605 Introduction to Early Modern European Historiography

HIST 641: Socialism: The International History of a Revolutionary Idea

HIST 682: The Progressive Era

HIST 681: WWI and the Middle East

HIST 697: Islam and Historical Study

HIST 642 Theory and Practice of European Fascism

HIST 644 Topics in the History of the American Revolution

HIST 663 History of New York City

HIST 685 Topics in Atlantic History