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 Fall 2018

HIST 600: Research and Methods: Genealogy and Family History, Winch

This course is about genealogy and family history in the broadest sense. The goal is to introduce students to the vast array of materials available for researching the histories of individuals, families, and communities in the United States. We will also be taking a number of “side trips” to Canada, the U.K. and Ireland (plus a couple to Australia and New Zealand and one to the Netherlands). All students are required to complete a 25-page research project. This course is designed to give you the opportunity to delve into your family’s past, the past of your town or community, or into the multiple pasts of this nation and its peoples (as well as those of the other nations we will be “visiting”). This is your chance to learn how to use the “building blocks” of history, the millions of records available online and the millions more being added every day, to “see” the past for yourself.

HIST 682: Topics in American History: America in the 1920s, Wollons

The decade of the 1920s in America is a period of enormous complexity, bracketed by the Progressive Era reforms, World War I, and the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 at one end, and the Great Depression at the other.  A focus on the Twenties includes such topics as the vibrancy of the arts and popular culture, the rise of mass media (radio and film), consequences of Prohibition, the new youth culture, conservative religious and social backlash epitomized by the Scopes Trial, anti-immigration legislation and xenophobia that animated the Sacco and Vanzetti trial, and the economic booms and busts that lead to the Great Depression. This online seminar requires weekly discussion postings on Blackboard, two short 5-page papers based on the readings, and a final research paper of 15 pages on an aspect of the 1920s of your choice.

HIST 697: Special Topics: History of Mexico, Johnson

This course interrogates compelling recent debates over Mexican history, focusing on such topics as pre-Hispanic and colonial regimes, political persistence and transformation, environmental dislocation, intellectual and cultural production, patterned inequality, gender and kin dynamics, and social and cultural diversity. 

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 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 681: Topics in European History: World War I in the Middle East

HIST 682: Topics in American History: Jacksonian America

HIST 685 Topics in Atlantic History

HIST 697: Islam and Historical Study