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Learn from the past

Explore the world both inside and outside the classroom

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Expand your horizons

Prepare for exciting careers in education and other fields

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See the bigger picture

Gain greater insight into U.S., European and World History

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History (Master of Arts)

Offered by: History

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The Master of Arts in History program's emphasis on historical thinking prepares students for exciting and challenging careers in diverse fields such as law, government, publishing, journalism, historical societies, consulting, and other private and public business. Educators seeking professional development also represent a sizeable proportion of our students. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for individuals with a Master's degree in history, in 2018, is $61,140. This program also provides students the knowledge and qualifications needed to advance to a doctoral program.

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What Makes SRU's online Master's in History Degree Different?

Our faculty are committed to a high-quality education. All our courses are taught by full-time faculty who are members of the History Department. This means you will learn from professionals who have real-world experience and have contributed to historical knowledge through publication of books and articles in their fields.

With small class sizes averaging fewer than 16 students during the academic year, students receive more individualized attention and are active participants in their courses.  At SRU, students are more than just a number to faculty who work with them to be successful.

With flexible course offerings and summer course options, most graduates complete their degrees in two years or less. Students with more limited schedules can take as few as one course per semester.

The Curriculum

We offer a general history program requiring courses in U.S., European, and World History. To graduate, students must successfully complete a comprehensive exam that covers all three geographic areas. Courses in the Fall and Spring semesters are 15 weeks and intensive optional Summer sessions are 12 weeks.

Because all courses are fully online, individuals can work on an advanced degree while pursuing a career, and have the freedom to explore and study the past from anywhere in the world.

As an advanced study of History, students go beyond memorizing acts to understand how historians craft narratives and make arguments about the past. Students become proficient in the application of historical thinking, the constellation of critical thinking skills associated with the study of History that allow us both to critically examine the past and be better able to interpret and analyze information in the present.

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SRU's Master of Arts in History program offers:

·   Flexibility to fit busy schedules
·   30-credit programs without a thesis option
·   Offer students broad content coverage
·   Provide student with current questions explored and methods employed by historians
·   Deepen students' abilities to analyze historical scholarship and interpret the past
·   Improve writing and communication skills
·   Pass/fail written comprehensive exams in three geographic areas that can be taken after the completion of 21 credits
·   Teaching modalities - reading, analyzing, discussing texts; synthesis of data and analysis
·   Typical assessment modalities - online discussion, analytical/historiographical papers


Attention: To apply for admission, please use the following link to apply now.

  • $25 Application Fee
  • Official Transcripts: Undergraduate/Graduate (Official transcripts must be sent by institution via electronic transcript e-share to graduate.admissions@sru.edu or via mail- faxed copies will not be considered official) 
  • SRU current/Alumni/former students click here to order your official SRU final transcript and have it sent to graduate.admissions@sru.edu
  • Essay:  Select a current event or situation and write an essay analyzing it from a historical perspective.
    • The essay must be
      • one-page in length (approximately 500 words; 12 pt. double spaced)
      • analytical; it must explain how or why the past has influenced the current situation 
    • The essay should not be
      • descriptive; it should not simply provide the dates and facts that created the current situation
      • editorial; it should not focus on stating and defending your opinion
  • Letter of Intent:  Write a one-page letter that explains your motivations and goals for pursuing the MA degree 

*If you are requesting review of your graduate transcripts for transfer of credit, please complete the transfer of credit form and submit to the Office of Graduate Admissions with official graduate transcripts. Please review SRU's transfer of credit policy.

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