Master of Arts in History

Level: Masters
Language: English

(33 reviews)


The Master of Arts in History provides its students with an exhaustive array of opportunities to pursue the world’s great personalities, events, nations, trends, periods, conflicts, and markings of progress. The Master of Arts History major has recently been re-designed to best suit your professional aspirations and interests. The new major ensures that you will learn about the "big picture" through exposure to four historical perspectives or concentrations, while allowing you to tailor the major to your individual needs during graduate study.

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Recent Reviews

A Good School and a Good Program
May 27, 2017
I am about to submit my final thesis within the next 4 weeks. The school has been excellent and has exceeded my expectations. The courses were challenging. I never felt as though I was getting a grade for nothing. The professors were knowledgeable and helpful. I have always found the university staff to be helpful when I needed them. I have never had trouble getting through to any of the offices I needed. For the ...

Great Teachers, Lousy Teachers, Lousy Course Content
August 25, 2015
I had Dr. Mark Bowles for Historiography. Great Professor!! Not easy, but if you work hard and are willing to follow his instruction on the basics and mechanics, you will be rewarded. Pretty deep guy here, and reserved. He is wonderful in allowing tremendous academic freedom. Dr. Anne Venzon was my Historical Research Methods Professor. Very good professor. I wish I had kept better notes in this class. There is a lot covered that is ...

Not the Best, Not the Worst
June 25, 2015
I completed the MA in US History a few years back and have had a mixed bag of feelings about it. To start off I chose AMU, simply because at the time it was one of only a few fully online based MA programs I could find. Several of the universities that were in my state had online programs, but you had to be on campus one or two times a semester for most classes, ...

MA in History - a TRUE History Curriculum
June 25, 2015
Part of why I chose to earn a MA in history at AMU was the convenience of an online program. Another part was that they waived the ridiculous requirement of having to take the GRE - when I already possessed a doctorate and had over 15 years of higher education teaching experience at the time. The main thing that swung me to AMU, however, was the curriculum. I wanted to study American history and I ...

Don't go here if you can possible avoid it.
January 28, 2015
I was provided with the essentials for my degree, but just barely. Just about the only good thing I can say about it is that it is accredited by a regional accreditation organization recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. I verified that on the DoE Web site. You get nothing beyond the bare minimum, however. Faculty clearly do not coordinate with one another and that is ...

Good School Once...Now Just Another University of Phoenix
December 7, 2014
Sadly,what used to be a good deal has become a paper mill. Do not enroll in their History MA program if you want to pursue a PhD later or expect to find employment in the field. This used to be named AMU--American Military University. For the most part,it served troops both deployed and back in the USA--as well as government employees.It was a non-profit operation at the time,and--although it only paid teachers $150 per student--many ...

Naval History
December 5, 2014
AMU is an outstanding university and I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in getting a degree in military history. I started out desiring a MA in History with an emphasis in U.S. Naval History but after only taking 3 semesters, the school eliminated this strict area of study and changed my program of emphasis to world naval history. I was disappointed at first but soon found myself enjoying learning how naval history has ...

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July 20, 2011, 7:55 a.m.
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I am a fairly new graduate student at APUS but I am very impressed.  I wish they had a stronger lecture component  - but otherwise it is probably how school should be done - lot's of writing, writing, writing and reading.  I'm in a class right now that has 5 required books.  Also, many students possess one or two masters already or even a Ph.D.  I am telling you from real world experience that that is NOT common in the brick and mortars.  Oh - the staff - - talk about accomplished people - I never had a professor write books before until I started at AMU  - now I've had 4!  One wrote 10 books.  And online learning?  Harvard Exten. School has an online program with a 15% or so residency requirement  - - and they don't discriminate between online or on-campus on the transcript.  Online is the real deal folks - - just make sure you get a regionally accredited school.  APU/AMU were just renewed regional accreditation for 10 years (through 2021).  And have you see the costs here.  Unbeatable.  And free books for undergrads.  What's not to love?
Nov. 4, 2010, 4:53 p.m.
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Don't bother with this school unless you can pay the bill yourself.

As a career student, I have attended various schools over the past ten years to obtain an AA, BA, and an MaEd. I began a third Master's through APU, using financial aid (which I am very familiar with), and after finishing my first two classes (both A's), I was told that I did not meet their financial aid qualifications. When did they tell me this? Through a spam email, in my personal email box....not even in my APU mail (which I was checking several times per day to see my grades and comments). 

Too true, other online universities are more expensive, which is part of the reason I moved back to APU; however, the old saying 'you get what you pay for' is true with regard to this poor excuse for a school. 

My professors were okay; quite a bit of work, but that's par for the course in higher degrees. I was happy to do it.

I'm going for a doctorate with another school that has an administration that both cares and is knowledgeable. Neither one you will find at APU. Now I'm kind of left in limbo, waiting, with one hundred dollars worth of books that I couldn't afford for classes I cannot enter using money that Sallie Mae has already paid APU.
Sept. 27, 2010, 8:55 p.m.
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Hello all, I'm inquiring about the Criminal Justice program. Any information you would like to share would be helpful.
Sept. 7, 2010, 4:18 p.m.
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If you want to teach at community college, good luck. Starving PHDs in History are filling those jobs up pretty quickly. A M.A. will simply not do it anymore. You might want to look into other for-profit colleges online and wait a couple of years and apply for a position at AMU/APUS.

An M.A. in History is a waste of money unless you already have a job and will get a decent promotion after you complete your degree. Don't plan on a M.A. in History opening too many doors for you careerwise.
July 25, 2010, 11:04 a.m.
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I suggest you post your question on the Facebook pages of AMU and APU to see what responses do you get.
July 25, 2010, 3:56 a.m.
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I want to teach at the community college is anyone teaching with there degree from AMU? I am considering getting an MA History from AMU.
June 1, 2010, 8:28 p.m.
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Has anyone had great success in using their AMU/APU Masters in History to get accepted into a PHD program in History or International Relations?
March 8, 2010, 1:56 a.m.
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I am working on my Masters degree from APU. I am quite impressed by how they run things (and I am writing this after having spent the last ten hours this Sunday working on my two classes!). I took two classes in the past at the University of South Florida, and I have to admit that the MA classes at APU are just as challenging, if not more. At USF all I had to do was attend, discuss for 16 weeks, and write a term paper. Here I have something substantial due at least 8 times during the semester.
Feb. 18, 2010, 6:14 p.m.
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I am just starting my second year at AMU.  I am getting my MA in history(ancient and classical).  I am a high school history teacher/football coach.  AMU is the only way I can find the time to get my MA.  I will probably continue on with teaching high school, but I would not mind teaching at the local community college on the side.  I teach in NC so a masters will get me a 10% raise.
Feb. 14, 2010, 6:11 a.m.
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I'm enrolled at APU and starting graduate classes in History soon.  To answer Neal, I am planning on getting my MA in Global History so I can teach at the community college level.  I prefer to teach online classes only, but have been considering face to face classes for the right job/location. I am also concerned with the credibility factor of APU, but its really my only option at this point.  As far as I know, their degrees are fine - APU is an accredited school. I guess it just depends on the job you are trying to get.
Dec. 2, 2009, 2 a.m.
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I am considering the Master in American History program.  I want to eventually go for a doctorate as well.  I believe that AMU/APU are good schools, but will other colleges take my masters seriously if i want to go to their school to get my doctorate?  I am considering getting the MA in WW2 history as well, and I am interested in what you all are planning to do with your history degrees.  this is very important to me so any feedback or your personal experience would be most helpful and appreciated.
April 25, 2009, 6:56 p.m.
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I am getting my MA in criminal intelligence and have taken a number of CJ classes. They are quite challenging but I have taken a lot of out them. Like anything you get out what you put in. I have five friends now enrolled in this school becuase I believe in it! You will not be disappointed!
Feb. 28, 2009, 2:31 a.m.
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I have applied for AMU's MA Criminal Justice program.  Are there any AMU graduates or currently enrolled students that would be willing to share their experience regarding AMU's MA Criminal Justice program.  Thank you!
Nov. 5, 2008, 2:06 p.m.
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I know this post is a little late, but I am a graduate student at APU in European History and you can use Financial Aid to cover the cost of tuition. I do not know specifically about Political Science, but with History I know quite a lot. If you still have questions or want to contact me, I am available at I hope that I can help you if you still need it.
June 22, 2008, 2:22 a.m.
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I just applied to APU for a master's in Political Science (though I am looking at European history as well). When I went to begin registering for classes, it said that some master's degree classes are not available for financial aid students! No one is there on the weekends, so I am a bit worried, because I already clicked the "I agree with this contract with APUS" button. I can only attend a school that has financial aid available for me -- does anyone know which master's degrees you can or can't use federal aid for? I am a single mom with two little boys, one of whom is autistic, so I don't have a lot of extra money kicking around for grad school tuition right now.

Can any APUS grad students shed some light on this subject? Thanks so much.

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