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History (MA, online)

Degree Overview

The Master of Arts (MA) in History Program is designed for students pursuing careers in historical research, writing, post secondary level teaching, and for secondary teachers pursuing advanced study in history. The program offers online courses throughout the year, as well as summer institutes on campus to provide opportunities for high-impact classroom experiences and collaboration. The program may be completed 100% online for those students who prefer the convenience and flexibility online courses offer.

Requirements and Curriculum

MA History
Two-Year Course Rotation

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The Master of Arts in History program at Fitchburg State was a great fit for my educational needs. One of the elements that stood out for me was the well thought out integration of technology in the pedagogical process. I was not interested in taking an online Master's program, but I realized that to develop as a professional and student I had to continue to learn new technology. All the courses that I took incorporated technology into the curriculum but at the same time the personal and direct support of the faculty was always apparent. It was an excellent blend of traditional teaching intertwined with cutting edge instructional method.
–Andrew Goodwin, 2011

Program at a Glance


Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. Admissions requirements are as follows:

  • Official transcript of a bachelor’s degree preferably with (but not limited to) a major or minor in History from a regionally accredited institution
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Professional resume
  • For those pursuing the MA degree, a writing sample must be submitted. This may include an undergraduate level term paper or a published article and should be the equivalent of at least 10 typed, double-spaced pages and include footnotes and a bibliography
  • Official transcripts of graduate level course work from a regionally accredited institution (if applicable)
  • Graduate application and fee
  • No GRE or MAT exams required


Online courses offered throughout the year, with summer institutes available for high-impact, collaborative learning.

Total Credits

30 credits

Program Cost

Tuition and fees

Time Frame

While you can complete the program in as few as 3 years, you have 6 years to complete the program.

Career Opportunities

  • Historical researcher
  • Writer
  • Postsecondary level history teacher

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