Online Master of Arts in History

Specific areas of focus include:

  • Early America (1400–1800)
  • The long 19th century in the U.S. (1800–1917)
  • Modern United States (1917–present)
  • The U.S. and the world
  • European history
  • Latin American history
  • Asian history
  • African history

Your IU Online MA in History helps prepare you for such careers as: 

  • General researcher
  • Writer or editor
  • Journalist or broadcaster
  • K-12 teacher
  • Library or museum worker

When you graduate from the program, you will have: 

  • Effective oral and written historical communication skills.
  • The ability to perform research.
  • The ability to construct original historical arguments.
  • Competencies in digital and public history.

The stackable structure of the MA in History is ideal for those who want to teach dual-credit courses and who need to meet Higher Learning Commission dual-credit qualification standards. These standards require teachers wanting to teach dual-credit courses in history to hold either a master's degree in history or a master's degree in another discipline (such as education), plus at least 18 credit hours of discipline-specific graduate coursework.  

  • If you need both discipline-specific coursework and a master's degree, the MA in History meets HLC standards.
  • If you already hold a master's degree in a discipline other than history, you can meet HLC standards by completing the  Graduate Certificate in History

This 100-percent online program is taught by IU East, IU Bloomington, IUPUI, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast. This consortial model allows you to take coursework from several campuses and learn from a wide range of faculty.

To earn the MA in History, you must complete a total of 30 credit hours. Requirements are broken down as follows:  

  • Core courses (9 credit hours)
  • Major courses (12 credit hours)
  • Minor courses (6 credit hours)
  • Additional research seminar or thesis (3 credit hours)



To be accepted to this program, you must have: 

1.     A bachelor’s degree 

2.     3.0 minimum undergraduate GPA 

To apply to this program, complete an online application that includes: 

1.     Official transcripts 

2.     250-word personal statement explaining background and reasons for entering the program