Master of History program ranked among most affordable in nation

June 30, 2020
Students work in the library archive

Fitchburg State University’s online graduate program in history has been ranked as one of the most affordable such programs in the country. The rankings, recently posted by Online U, put Fitchburg State’s master’s level history degree as the third most affordable program in the U.S.

There will be a free webinar on the program at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, where attendees can learn more about the curriculum, admissions requirements, financial aid opportunities and tuition. To register for the free webinar, please visit

The Master of Arts in History program had been offered as a hybrid (blending in-person and online courses) for several years, but students have made it clear they enjoy the flexibility of an online format. While the general method of course delivery has changed, much of what has attracted students to Fitchburg State’s program for decades remains the same.

OnlineU is a guide that researches accredited institutions offering online programs in order to provide rankings that help prospective students to find an online program that matches their budgets and career aspirations. To be considered for these rankings, a program must be regionally or nationally accredited and offer a degree in a given subject that is obtainable online or requires only very limited amounts of in-person work, allowing students to retain their current employment and meet other personal obligations. Fitchburg State’s Master of Arts in History program was ranked third overall.

“For nearly 30 years, Fitchburg State’s graduate program in history has successfully trained students, enabling them to deepen their knowledge of the historian’s craft, to explore a broad range of historical topics at the graduate level, and to work closely with faculty on historical research projects leading to a master’s thesis or a master’s degree,” said Professor Daniel Sarefield, who chairs the graduate program in history. “Over this time, hundreds of students have refined their knowledge of the past and become better historical researchers and writers and better history instructors at the middle school, secondary and post-secondary levels.”

Since the 2017-2018 academic year, Fitchburg State’s history graduate program has been offering courses online on a regular basis. University faculty offer high-quality graduate instruction in the discipline of history in online and hybrid (History Institute) courses, as well as one-on-one instruction in directed studies and thesis projects, that use technology to bring instructors and students together virtually to facilitate discussion and debate on course topics and enhance graduate instruction. 

If you have any questions about the program or wish to speak with someone about pursuing a Master of Arts degree in history at Fitchburg State, contact Professor Sarefield at

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