Online History, MA | University of Nebraska at Kearney

History, MA

Master of Arts

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney

Get the same diploma as on campus students

The online Master of Arts in History program is designed for everyone - from those just beginning a graduate career, teachers and others desiring further professional development and those seeking greater personal fulfillment.

The program seeks to serve those in active military duty and their families, those interested in becoming community college educators and students wishing to pursue a Ph.D. in history.  A focused, yet eclectic, professional online program, the Master of Arts in History program can launch a potential career in a number of promising directions.

Online History, MA students enjoy:

  • A fully online program with no residency requirement
  • Thesis and non-thesis options
  • Low teacher/student ratios fostering student/professor relationships
  • Extensive online course offerings each semester with emphasis areas such as Military History, the American West and Modern Europe
  • Public/digital history specializations available
  • A respected, affordable University of Nebraska degree
  • Flexibility in degree completion to accommodate busy schedules

The faculty teaching and research experiences contribute to an overall knowledge about people and places around the globe as well as throughout time and space. Students study the many ways people interact politically, economically, militarily and culturally in both the U.S. and international history.

As a program that pinpoints specific students interests yet provides extensive knowledge in the field, this program can provide graduates with many promising career opportunities. This is proven in the achievements of our students, which include:

  • The 2013 Texas History Teacher of the Year
  • Several James Madison Fellows
  • Students pursuing doctoral programs
  • Lecturers at universities and community colleges
  • Public history positions in museums and archives
  • Student presentations at professional conferences
  • Student and alumni research leading to publications
  • Several students with campus-level thesis awards

Doug Biggs, Ph.D.

Doug Biggs’ research focuses on the political culture of late medieval England and he regularly presents his research at international conferences on both sides of the Atlantic. His interests also include the local history of his hometown and undergraduate alma mater, Iowa State University.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Including completion of at least 18 semester hours of history

  2. 2 letters of recommendation

  3. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  4. A 3.25 undergraduate GPA, or submit GRE scores

  5. Evidence of the writing and analytical skills necessary for graduate level course work

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee

Note: If you have missed the deadline for full admission in the semester you wish to begin your program, you may enroll and complete up to 12 credit hours of classes before being formally accepted into the program. Apply as a Non-Degree Student if this fits your situation.

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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
July 10
Spring Semester
November 10
Summer Sessions
April 10

Additional details about the thesis and non-thesis options: 

Thesis Option A - 36 total credit hours

Students pursuing the thesis option must successfully complete a comprehensive examination to be administered within nine months following the completion of coursework. The thesis must be submitted for approval of the Thesis Committee within two years after completion of coursework. 

  • 12 credits history core courses
  • 6 credits US history
  • 6 credits non-US history
  • 6 credits history electives
  • 6 credits thesis

Non-Thesis Option B - 36 total credit hours

Students pursuing the non-thesis option must complete a comprehensive academic portfolio for non-thesis history students instead of the comprehensive examination. For further details, contact us to speak with an adviser.

  • 6 credits history core courses (HIST 801 and 803)
  • 3 credits in public or digital history
  • 12 credits US history
  • 9 credits non-US history
  • 6 credits elective

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
HIST 801America Interpreted3

Course Number: 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.

HIST 803Historical Methods3

Course Number: HIST 803

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

HIST 848Readings in American History3

Course Number: 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.

HIST 849Readings in World History3

Course Number: 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.

HIST 894Introduction to Thesis3

Course Number: HIST 894

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

HIST 899Directed Readings3

Course Number: HIST 899

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

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $309.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $361.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $927.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1083.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $494.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $546.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1482.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1638.75

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  • Quality learning experience

    The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

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