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History, MA

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Stay current with the past

From Medieval Europe to a study of war and film, the online masters in history degree offers thesis and non-thesis options for those who want to indulge their love of history and their love of teaching.

Program Description

This online master's in history degree program is designed for a wide variety of persons interested in pursuing graduate education in historical study.

A focused, yet eclectic professional online program, the history degree can launch a potential career in a number of promising directions.

Choose from two options:

  1. Non-thesis – Designed for those students who want to obtain sufficient credits to teach at community colleges and for middle school and high school teachers in the social sciences who desire additional training in the content area of history. This option is a terminal degree.
  2. Thesis – For those who want to pursue further graduate education, the thesis option is recommended.


Delivery Format

Home Campus: University of Nebraska at Kearney

Method of Delivery: 100% Online - what's this?Program can be completed fully at a distance. Courses are asynchronous, meaning students and instructor may access content at any time and do not have to be connected to the Internet at the same time. If your program includes an internship or practicum, experiences may be completed in the student's local area.

All online courses are accessed via the Internet and use a learning management system. Technology requirements may vary by program and course, but all campuses have basic recommended requirements. High-speed Internet is required.

Interaction with professors and other students may include:

  • E-mail
  • Online discussion boards
  • Phone or video conferencing
  • Other forms of electronic and print communication

Supplemental materials for some courses may include:

  • Printed material and scanned documents
  • Digital resources accessed through university libraries
  • Videos accessed via the Internet, CDs or DVDs
  • Other media

To be successful, students taking online classes should be reasonably comfortable using a computer and the Internet. Learn more about online student tips for success.

Academic Year 2015 - 2016

Tuition rates are effective for the academic year listed. Tuition is subject to change.

Nebraska Resident:

 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$278.00$25.00$11.00$4.00$318.00
3 credit hour$834.00$75.00$33.00$12.00$954.00


 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$443.00$25.00$11.00$4.00$483.00
3 credit hour$1,329.00$75.00$33.00$12.00$1,449.00

Note: A $4.00 student records fee will be assessed each semester for both resident and non-resident students.

All students must successfully complete a comprehensive examination to be administered within nine months following the completion of coursework. For students who choose the Thesis Option, a completed thesis must be submitted for the approval of the Thesis Committee within two years of the completion of coursework. For further details, contact the Online Program Coordinator, Amber Alexander and Stacey Stubbs, 308.865.8766.

Thesis Option A requires 36 total credit hours

History Core Courses 12 credit hours HIST 801, 803, 894, or 899
U.S. History 6 credit hours  
Non-U.S. History 6 credit hours  
History Electives 6 credit hours  
Thesis 6 credit hours  

Non-thesis Option B requires 36 total credit hours

History Core Courses 6 credit hours HIST 801 and 803
U.S. History 12 credit hours  
Non-U.S. History 9 credit hours  
Specialization 9 credit hours   
Course Name
Course #
Core Courses

America Interpreted

HIST 801
An introductory (required) graduate readings course in American historiography. The class examines the leading schools of historical opinion from the founding of American society through the modern era.

Historical Methods

HIST 803
This required course will introduce graduate students to the history profession and to the tools and methods used by historians.

Readings in American History

HIST 848
A variable themed graduate level course. Topics in American history will include both key issues and periods in history as well as historiographical disputes. May be repeated for credit. Some examples of course topics are: Age of Jackson, American Borderlands, American Constitutional History, American Religion, American West, American Women's History, Civil Rights, Civil War, Cold War, Colonial America, Great Depression, Hispanics in America, Historical Preservation, Indians & Empires, Modern West, Native American History, Nebraska History, Plains Indians, Popular Music, Popular Culture, Public History, Reconstruction, Revolutionary Origins, Sports History, U.S. Latin American Relations, World War II, etc.

Readings in World History

HIST 849
A variable themed graduate level course. Topics in European or World history will include both key issues and periods in history as well as historiographical disputes. May be repeated for credit. Some examples of course topics are: 17th Century Europe, 19th Century Britain, 19th Century Britain, 19th Century European History, The British Empire, English History, Ethnic Conflict, French Revolution & Napoleon, Gender & War, German Unification, Holocaust, Imperial Russia, India, Medieval England, Medieval Europe, Modern Britain, Modern Germany, Nazi Germany, Reformation, Russian Revolution, Seapower in History, Stalin's Russia, Tudor/Stuart History, Vikings, War & Society, Wars of Religion, Weimar Republic, World War I, WWII in Asia, etc.

Introduction to Thesis

HIST 894
This is a required course for students pursuing the thesis option.

Directed Readings

HIST 899

This independent study course is required for students pursuing the thesis option.


  • At least half of the course work in each program (excluding thesis hours) must be completed in non-P courses.
  • At least 9 hours of course work for the thesis option; at least 15 hours of course work for the non-thesis option.
  • At least 3 hours of work in colloquia or seminars must be in U.S. History and at least 3 hours of work in colloquia or seminars must be in non U.S. History.
  • Students must maintain a 3.00 GPA in all graduate hours to graduate.

Mary Beth Ailes, Ph.D., Professor

Pradeep Barua, Ph.D., Professor

Doug Biggs, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Roger Davis, Ph.D., Professor

Mark Ellis, Ph.D., Chair, Professor

Peter Gough Ph D, Assistant Professor

Roy Koepp Ph D, Assistant Professor

Carol Lilly, Ph.D., Professor

Jinny Turman Ph D, Assistant Professor

Linda Van Ingen, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Vernon Volpe, Ph.D., Professor

Robert (Jeff) Wells Ph D, Assistant Professor

Guidelines for Admittance

To participate in the online masters in history program the student must have:

  • A bachelor's degree and completion of at least 18 semester hours of history
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale to be unconditionally admitted
  • GRE is required if undergraduate GPA is below 3.25



Application Checklist

  1. Apply and be admitted to Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
  2. Apply and be admitted to the department:
    • Letter of intent describing the applicant's interests and goals in obtaining a graduate degree
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Evidence of the writing and analytical skills necessary for graduate level course work (master's degree applicants only)


Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
June 15
Spring Semester
October 15
Summer Session
March 15

Non-Degree Students

Students may apply as a non-degree seeking student and complete up to 12 credit hours before being formally accepted into the online History, MA program.


Online Worldwide Educational Representative

Program Contact
Amber Alexander and Stacey Stubbs
Phone: 308.865.8766

Military/Veteran Student Adviser
Mary Sommers
Phone: 308.865.8520


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