History (M.A.)


The University's online master of arts (M.A.) in history is designed to fulfill a variety of academic and professional objectives. The program facilitates preparation for entry into doctoral programs in history and for teaching at the university, community college, and secondary levels. Graduate work in history also provides an excellent background for careers in law, business, government service, and writing, and for specialized work as a museum curator, librarian, archivist, editor, historic site specialist, and research historian. Normally broad in its academic scope, the master's degree program in history is also sufficiently flexible to meet the needs of individual students. The program can be completed either on campus or online.

  • 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.
  • This online program is open to eligible students in the U.S. (including the District of Columbia and all U.S. territories). The program also is open to students in Canada (all provinces). The program is closed to students residing in countries other than the U.S. and Canada except for U.S. military and State Department personnel and their family members with APO/FPO addresses.

Required Courses


The University's online master's degree program in history is 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 12 percent from 2020 to 2030, with growth expected as enrollments at postsecondary institutions at all levels continue to rise.

During this same period (2020-2030), employment of historians is expected to expand. Overall employment of archivists, curators, and museum workers is projected to grow 19 percent, with public interest in science, art, and history spurring demand for curators, museum technicians, and conservators. 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.

Financial Aid & Assistance

Graduate students may be eligible for federal student loans if they are admitted into graduate degrees (or first-time teacher certification programs) and meet other eligibility requirements. Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Private alternative loans can help students pay college expenses that may not be covered by federal loan programs or other financial aid. For more information, visit financial aid.

In addition, students may be eligible for payment plans and veterans benefits.

The Department of History offers scholarships, including the Kenneth L. Smith and Theresa Kathryn (Klein) Smith Masters in History Scholarship, as well as graduate assistantships (waiver and stipends). The Department also awards the Gertrude and Theodore Debs Memorial Fellowship to support the study of labor and social reform movements. Awarded annually and renewable for a second year, fellowship awards typically range between $5,000 and $20,000, depending on availability of funds.  Recipients also may apply for a tuition waiver

Further Information

For further information and assistance, contact:

College of Graduate and Professional Studies
Indiana State University
(812) 237-3005


The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.



College of Graduate and Professional Studies
Indiana State University
(812) 237-3005