Graduate students may be interested in pursuing an online master’s in history for a variety of reasons. Working professionals with a bachelor’s degree in the field may find that advanced study can position them for promotions and raises, while aspiring teachers may wish to become qualified to teach history to high school or community college students.

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Whatever the reason for enrolling in an online history master’s degree, it’s important that students compare programs to find a school that meets their needs while providing great value for every tuition dollar. In this ranking, we explore the top 10 value colleges for a master’s in history online for 2018.

Ranking the Best Online MA in History Degree Programs

Finalists had to offer all or the great majority of coursework online. We ranked our initial pool of 25 down to 10 based on ROI, student to faculty ratio, and graduate tuition/fees (in-state where applicable). In the case of a tie in points awarded, the lower-priced program received the better ranking.

20-Year Net ROI according to payscale.com

  • Above 500,000 – 5 points
  • Above 400,000 – 4 points
  • Above 300,000 –3 points
  • Above 200,000 – 2 points
  • Above 100,000—1 point

Student-to-faculty ratio

  • 20-16: 1 point
  • 15-11: 2 points
  • 10-6: 3 points

Graduate tuition and fees (in-state where applicable)

  • Below $13,000 – 1 point
  • Below $11,000 – 2 points
  • Below $9,000 – 3 points
  • Below $7,000 – 4 points
  • Below $5,000 – 5 points

10. Liberty University

Online Master of Arts in History

Liberty University master's in history online

Liberty University’s online master’s in history takes a faith approach to history.

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Liberty has been doing distance education for a long time, so their transition to online learning has been natural and significant. World history, European military history, and American history are included in this 36 credit hour 100% online degree. Check their website for the next acceptance deadline to get your degree program started.

Graduate Tuition: $8,430
Points: 5

9. Emporia State University

Online Master of Arts in History

Emporia State University online master's in history

Emporia State University’s master’s in history online students have the option of pursuing a dual degree.

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You’ll study colonial America to the present in this online history MA that offers four concentrations. Choose between thesis, non-thesis, public history, and social sciences education (for secondary school teachers). Emporia State offers an inexpensive in-state tuition to help you complete your history degree fully online without complications.

Graduate Tuition: $7,806
Points: 5

8. University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Online MA for History Educators

University of North Carolina Wilmington Online MA History

Professional educators in NC will want to consider this convenient online MA in history.

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Take two online courses for four semesters, plus two Summer Institute classes on campus to complete your master’s in history online degree in about two years. This program is particularly catered to professional educators working in private or public school settings in North Carolina. You will become familiar with the most recent research related to teaching history.

Graduate Tuition: $7,043
Points: 5

7. University of Memphis

Online Master of Arts in History

University of Memphis master's in history online

University of Memphis master’s in history online students can join three subject-specific student organizations.

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Strengths of this online MA in history include women’s studies, Asia, Medieval Europe, and US history. Check the program website for a detailed listing of available courses in these areas and others. Students can join subject-specific student organizations such as the Graduate History Association (GHA), the Graduate Association for African-American History (GAAAH), and the history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta (PAT).

Graduate Tuition: $10,463
Points: 6

6. Eastern Illinois University

Online MA in History

Eastern Illinois University online master's in history

This online history master’s at EIU caters to K-12 educators.

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This program is as rigorous and academic as other MA history programs but is specifically adapted to the needs of K-12 teachers. You can complete this online history master’s in three years while gaining depth in US history and world history. The only on-campus requirement is the 5-day kick-off, and after that everything is online. Note that this program does not lead to teacher licensure.

Graduate Tuition: $9,705
Points: 6

5. Pittsburg State University

MA in History Online

PSU online MA history

This MA in history online from PSU is a quality inexpensive option.

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The online history MA from PSU can follow a thesis or non-thesis track. Non-thesis students will take two graduate seminars. You will learn not only how to teach history effectively, but also how to continually engage in research yourself as you grow as a historian. Another unique feature of this program is the exploration of alternative ways of transmitting historical knowledge, such as living history and simulation.

Graduate Tuition: $7,732
Points: 6

4. Wayland Baptist University

Online Master of Arts in History

Wayland Baptist University online master's degree in history

Wayland Baptist’s online history master’s degree program allows students to explore Baptist history.

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Wayland was one of the first schools to offer a master’s in history online. With a decent institutional return on investment and a very low student to faculty ratio, this program is worth a look. You’ll need to complete 37 credit hours and have the possibility of taking the thesis track. The thesis track is a good idea if you are considering a doctoral program down the road.

Graduate Tuition: $11,800
Points: 7

3. Troy University

Online Master of Arts in History

Troy University online master's in history

Troy offers one of our top ranked online history MA degrees.

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Whether you are looking to further graduate study or hoping to go directly into work related to museums, archives, or historical societies, Troy’s online MA in history earned high points on our ranking for its combination of student to faculty ratio, return on investment, and tuition rate. Choose between American history and European history as a primary area of study, with other options available for a secondary area. Choose between a thesis or non-thesis track, but either way you will need to complete 36 credits for the degree.

Graduate Tuition: $7,948
Points: 7

2. University of Nebraska at Kearney

Online Master of Arts in History

Kearney, Nebraska

University of Nebraska Kearney online master's degree in history

The University of Nebraska- Kearney’s online master’s in history features a unique digital history specialization.

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This MA in history online is offered at an attractive in-state tuition rate. Note that students must have a bachelor’s degree with at least 18 hours of courses in history to be admitted to the program. Major areas of study include Early America, Modern America, Early Europe, Modern Europe, and Public History, with some interesting areas available for minor fields of study. This program can be completed all online, all on campus, or a combination of the two approaches.

Graduate Tuition: $6,693
Points: 7

1. Fort Hays State University

Online Master of Arts in History

Fort Hays State University Online MA History

You’ll want to consider the quality and accessibility of the master of history online degree program at Fort Hays.

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This non-thesis online master’s in history garners our number one spot, largely because of its inexpensive in-state graduate tuition rate. The student to faculty ratio is also reasonable. Even though you do not complete a thesis in this version of the program, you will still have opportunity to demonstrate ability to conduct research by the writing of some major research papers in the context of two graduate research seminars.

Graduate Tuition: $4,055
Points: 7

 

Other Online Master’s in History Degree Programs to Consider:

National University

Online Master of Arts in History

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Jackson State University

Online Master’s in History

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Norwich University

MA History Online

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Southwestern Assemblies of God University

Master’s in History Online

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Western Kentucky University

Online Master of Arts in History

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Southern New Hampshire University

Online Master of Arts in History

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Norwich University

Online Master of Arts in History

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Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Online Master of Arts in History

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Sam Houston State University

Online Master of Arts in History

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Indiana State University

Online Master of Arts in History

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University of North Alabama

Online Master of Arts in History

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Austin Peay State University

Online Master of Arts in History

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University of Louisiana—Monroe

Online Master of Arts in History

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Missouri State University

Online Master’s in History

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Arizona State University

Online Master of Arts in History

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This concludes our ranking of the 10 top value colleges for an online master’s in history in 2018.

Sources:

NCES College Navigator
Payscale.com

By CVO Staff
November 2018

See related: Online History Degree Programs: Best Values