The University's online master of arts (M.A.) in history provides an excellent background for students who intend to continue their studies toward the doctorate. Students who intend to pursue doctorates in history are strongly encouraged to pursue this option.
- The master of arts (M.A.) in history includes 33 credits that can be completed entirely online in three to five years of part-time study. The University allows students to take up to seven years to earn the degree. Students who have the flexibility to blend on-campus and online coursework can complete the program in two years of full-time study.
- The program is sufficiently flexible to permit students to develop courses of study tailored to meet their individual needs and interests. Students may choose to concentrate their study in United States history, European history, or history of the wider world. We also encourage work that crosses traditional geographic and disciplinary boundaries.
- The University library provides facilities for research in a wide variety of archival sources and in periodical and newspaper collections. Special collections include the Eugene V. Debs Collection of papers and documents dealing with the American labor movement. The University library is also a United States government depository library. Cooperative agreements with other major universities in Indiana, the Center for Research Libraries, and the Educational Research Information Center extend the scope of the University's research potential, as does an extensive interlibrary loan operation.
- The program is open to eligible in-state and many out-of-state applicants. The program is closed to students residing in countries other than Canada and the United States (including U.S. Territories). The exceptions are U.S. military and State Department personnel and their family members with APO/FPO addresses.
Note: The University also offers an online master of science (M.S.) in history that is designed for students pursuing professional careers, including practicing high school teachers and individuals pursuing careers in law, theology, business, social work, politics, government service, journalism and writing—or specialized work as a museum curator, librarian, archivist, editor, historic site specialist, and research historian.
The University's online master's degree programs in history are designed to fulfill a variety of academic and professional objectives, including entry into doctoral programs, teaching, and a variety of professional careers.
Employment of postsecondary teachers is expected to grow by 17 percent from 2010 to 2020, with growth expected as enrollments at postsecondary institutions at all levels continue to rise.
During this same period (2010-2020), employment of historians is expected to grow 18 percent. Overall employment of curators, museum technicians, and conservators is projected to grow 16 percent, with public interest in science, art, and history spurring demand for curators, museum technicians, and conservators. Employment of archivists is projected to grow 12 percent. Jobs for archivists are expected to increase as public and private organizations require greater organization of, and access to, increasing volumes of electronic records and information.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition.
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