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History Master’s Degree Program

Examine the past through a variety of critical approaches.

  • Online Courses

    11 out of 12 total courses

  • On-Campus Experience

    2 weekends or one 3-week summer course

  • Tuition

    $3,220 per course

Program Overview

Through the History Master’s Degree Program, you’ll gain a perspective of the world today through evidence from the past. You’ll develop an understanding of why and how historical events unfolded through argument and interpretation. And you’ll build advanced critical thinking skills and historical insights using evidential, conceptual, and comparative frameworks.

Program Benefits

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    Customizable path & experiential learning

  • Teacher speaking to class.

    Expert instructors, including faculty from Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences

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    Personalized academic advising

  • Notebook and pencil.

    A faculty-supported thesis

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    Paid research opportunities

  • Graduation cap and diploma.

    Harvard Alumni Association membership upon graduation

Customizable Course Curriculum

Our curriculum is flexible in pace and customizable by design. You can study part time, choosing courses that fit your schedule and align with your career goals. With a wide array of courses to choose from, you can tailor your experience to meet your unique learning goals.

11 Online Courses

  • Primarily asynchronous or synchronous
  • Fall, spring, January, and summer options

On-Campus Experience

You’ll complete 1 on-campus course, Engaging in Scholarly Conversation, at an accelerated or standard pace:

  • 2 weekends (1 in fall and 1 in spring)
  • A 3-week summer session

Capstone or Thesis Track

  • Thesis: features a 9-month independent research project with a faculty advisor
  • Capstone: includes exploring a topic and completing a project in a classroom community


The path to your degree begins before you apply to the program.

First, you’ll register for and complete 3 required courses, earning at least a B in each. These foundational courses are investments in your studies and count toward your degree, helping ensure success in the program.

Getting Started

We invite you to explore degree requirements, confirm your initial eligibility, and learn more about our unique “earn your way in” admissions process.

Our Community at a Glance

With their historical and cross-culture knowledge of people, places, and political/social movements, our history students have gone on to top PhD programs.

Upon successful completion of the required curriculum, you will earn the Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Extension Studies, Field: History.

Download: History Master's Degree Fact Sheet

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    Average Age

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    Average Courses Taken Each Semester

  • 75%

    Work Full Time

  • 100%

    Would Recommend the Program

  • 27%

    Professional Experience in the Field

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    Pursued for Personal Enrichment

Tuition & Financial Aid

Affordability is core to our mission. When compared to our continuing education peers, it’s a fraction of the cost.

Our Tuition (2023–24 rate) $3,220 per course
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $4,330 per course
Average Total Cost $38,640

After admission, you may qualify for financial aid. Typically, eligible students receive grant funds to cover a portion of tuition costs each term, in addition to federal financial aid options.

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