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Master of Arts in

Military History



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Program Overview


■ Provide students with the critical thinking, research, writing, and analytical skills necessary for work in the field of teaching at the secondary or post-secondary level, work in public history venues, careers as professional writers, and to prepare students for Ph.D. level work in history.

■ Prepare military professionals with the skills necessary for success at staff and war colleges.

■ Provide students with a base of historical knowledge within the field of military history.

■ Build an awareness of differing historical interpretations and the ability to synthesize diverse types of historical knowledge.

■ Build and refine student research, writing, analysis, and presentation skills.

■ Provide students with an introduction to historical pedagogy.

■ Provide students with a foundation for developing a professional identity as a historian.

■ Help students learn to think like a historian and develop historiographical sensibilities and historical habits of mind.

• Four start dates per year: March, June, September, or December.

• Six credits for each of the six, eleven-week courses. • A course of study no longer than 18 months (date of

graduation depends on your start date.) • One-week residency preceding graduation.

The program is

structured as follows:


The mission of the Norwich University Master of Arts in Military History program is to provide students with a base of historical knowledge within the field of military history; build an awareness of differing historical interpretations; build the ability to synthesize diverse types of historical knowledge; build and refine student research, writing, analysis, and presentation skills; provide students with an introduction to historical pedagogy; provide students with a foundation for developing a professional identity as an historian; and help students learn to think like an historian as well as develop historiographical sensibilities and historical habits of mind.


Since 1819, Norwich has played an important role in military history: as the birthplace of ROTC, as an institution whose graduates have fought in every war since its founding, and as the leader among military schools in racial integration and the integration of women into its corps of cadets. Norwich is an institution of great history, substance, and pride.


Pictured: The Kreitzberg Library



If you can dream it, you can accomplish it — thanks to Norwich University’s expert faculty and dedicated student support advisors. Your team works together to keep you motivated and build the skills needed for a rewarding career. From program start to finish, you’ll never be alone. Our dedicated faculty and program staff are genuinely invested in your success and will go out of their way to provide the mentorship and support you need. Norwich provides 24/7 access and technical support to an online learning platform, enabling you to contribute to class discussions and complete your coursework at any time from any location.

The Norwich Advantage


The Kreitzberg Library serves all online students and faculty. You will have access to our library’s 100 online databases, 54,000 full-text electronic journals, and hundreds of thousands of e-books.

To help you succeed as an online learner, our dedicated distance learning librarian and reference staff members provide research assistance via email, phone, and chat. Our staff can also ship you books anywhere in the world from our circulating collection of over 140,000 titles, and provide journal articles not available online through our material request services.


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The military history program is made up of six, six-credit courses for a total of 36 credits. Each course is approximately 11 weeks in length. The program is designed so you can complete the coursework in as few as 18 months. It ends with a one-week residency and graduation ceremony at Norwich University in June. The program offers four start dates per year: March, June, September, and December.

Your curriculum will include topic-specific courses focused on historical methods and historiography. In your courses you are generally required to complete two short papers, typically 10 pages long, and one long paper. In an effort to introduce you to a variety of different types of history, instructors may have you write book reviews, historiographic essays, book/article analysis papers, or annotated bibliographies.

In each course, you will participate in 10 weeks of asynchronous discussions in small groups. You are required to write discussion postings in response to questions posed by the instructor about each week’s readings. You will also post responses to the comments of your group members, facilitating an interactive and rewarding exchange of ideas.

Students may choose to complete their master’s thesis (by petition only) or a capstone paper. The choice of degree completion project may require a longer program of study, a petition supported by letters of recommendation from program faculty, or a selection of an additional elective in Course 6.


Master of Arts in Military History Alumnus,

U.S. Army Veteran*

“I chose Norwich because I was very impressed with the faculty, the institution, and the program. The online delivery made it possible for me to participate in the program even though I live in Wisconsin. Attending NU has been gratifying; not only for the intellectual stimulation, but also for the many fine people I’ve met through the program, including classmates with whom I forged strong bonds.”

*The opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not represent the opinions of any branch of the United States armed forces or the Department of Defense. No branch of the United States armed forces or the Department of Defense has approved, endorsed, or authorized Norwich University or its educational programs.




Courses (Select Two) Credit Hours

Global Military History to 1800 6

Military Thought and Theory 6

Non-Western Military History 6

Chinese Military History 6

Amphibious Warfare 6

U.S. Military History 6

Race and Gender in Military History 6

Total War 6

Course Credit Hours

Introduction to History and Historiography 6

Courses (Select One) Credit Hours

American Colonial, Revolutionary and Early National History 6

19th Century America 6

20th Century America 6

Hunter-Gatherer and Agrarian Eras to 1500 6

The Late Agrarian Era to 1800 6

World History from 1800 to 1991 6

Western Legal Traditions, 1000 CE–1789 6

Race, Gender, and US Constitution 6

Introduction to Public History 6

Archival Studies 6

Museum Studies 6

Core Course

Every student in the military history program begins with a history and historiography introductory course followed by elective courses.

Second and Third Course

Students will select two of the following courses to fulfill their second and third courses in the military history program.

Fourth Course


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Courses Credit Hours

History Thesis I 3

History Thesis II 3

Courses Credit Hours

Directed Readings in Military History 6

Capstone Course 6

Optional Master’s Thesis

The optional master’s thesis is an original research project demonstrating your ability to conduct primary-source research and demonstrate mastery of the historiography germane to the research question. This option is recommended for those interested in continuing their studies in history at the doctoral level. The thesis must reflect graduate-level analysis, synthesis, and argument and make a compelling case for the argument’s historical and historiographic significance. Students interested in this degree completion option must petition the capstone/thesis director during the second semester. The petition must be accompanied by a thesis proposal and letters of recommendation from two faculty members of the Master of Arts in History or the Master of Arts in Military History program.

The thesis option is at minimum two 11-week, three-credit seminars. Accompanying sustaining and thesis fees will be applied. Prerequisites: Approval of thesis petition and successful completion of the five previous core courses.

Fifth Course and Capstone



Our Master of Arts in Military History program reflects, honors, and extends Norwich’s proud military heritage. Attracting highly motivated and passionate students from across the country, our rigorous military history graduate program provides an in-depth exploration of the role of the military and war throughout history. Informed by the American Historical Society’s guidelines for master’s programs in history, our curriculum teaches students to navigate differing historical interpretations, synthesize diverse types of historical knowledge, and develop strong analytical abilities through intensive research and writing assignments.


At the heart of our program is our second-to-none military history faculty. They include prolific book authors and editors, sought-after speakers, and nationally recognized experts who regularly present their work at the Society for Military History conferences. In addition to cultivating a highly interactive learning environment, faculty members serve as mentors to students throughout their program of study. Faculty work closely with students and inspire them to produce their best work, motivate them to reach higher and further than they thought possible, and encourage them to make a difference. The Master of Arts in Military History faculty’s mission is to inspire, teach, and mentor the next generation of military historians.




Through our flexible online platform, you can access program content and contribute to class discussions on your own schedule and at your own pace each week. This format gives you extra time to contemplate questions and compose well-thought-out responses. Small classes and students from diverse professional and cultural backgrounds foster in-depth discussions and unique perspectives.

The Norwich Advantage




You will progress through the program in small classes called cohorts. Small classes of 16 or fewer students encourage frequent student-student and student-faculty interactions, while a team of dedicated program staff provides students with additional support and guidance as needed. When students enroll at Norwich, they not only gain access to a dynamic learning community but also to an extensive career network of successful alumni from around the globe.


Norwich University’s Master of Arts in Military History program gives you the foundation to teach at the high school and community college level or to pursue a Ph.D. for teaching at the university level. Your degree can also serve as a stepping stone to advancement in a variety of careers. Examples of positions held by our alumni include curator of the Eldred World War II Museum, senior manager of communications at the Boeing Company, archivist at the National Archives & Records Administration, and special agent in the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. If you are currently in the military, the knowledge and credentials gained through our online military history degree program may help you advance within the military or transition to a new career.


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The Norwich Advantage


Master of Arts in Military History Alumnus

““I chose Norwich because of its rich history

and traditions, connection to the military, and value. Its commitment to create a better type of servant citizen especially appealed to me. Once I started the program I appreciated the professionalism of the faculty. I know other people who have taken online courses for their education and have had difficulty in getting responses back and grades from their instructors. That’s not the case at Norwich.”


Master of Arts in Military History Alumnus

“I chose to pursue the military history degree because

I want to start battlefield tours and to write and teach at the college level. I chose Norwich because I have always had a love of military history, and the Norwich program was the first I had seen. I had some great professors during the program.”



The culmination of the 18 months of study is the one-week residency at the beautiful campus in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Residency is held in June of each year. During residency, students meet to permanently cement their relationships with their cohort and faculty, exchange ideas, create and foster professional networks, and immerse themselves in Norwich’s campus and legacy.


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Financing your graduate school education can be a daunting task if you are unfamiliar with the process, timeline, expectations, and options. Norwich University wants to make this process a smooth journey for you.

To speak with one of our Admissions Advisors about financial aid:

Call: 1-877-348-8153

Email: info@online.norwich.edu Visit: https://online.norwich.edu


Norwich seeks goal-oriented individuals who have high standards of personal ethics and have demonstrated excellence in their professional lives and academic studies. Applicants should have a desire to make a positive contribution to their field. Selective admissions standards are intended to ensure that those admitted will have the greatest prospect of successfully completing the program and contributing to the field.

Choosing a school to pursue your Master of Arts in Military History is a major decision. We invite you to contact our Admissions Advisors who are available to guide you in your decision-making and provide as much information and assistance as you need.


■ A bachelor’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited insitution or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution, as evaluated by WES, IERF, Span Tran, or CED

■ An undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher (cumulative)

■ If English is not your first language, proof of English language proficiency is required. This can be demonstrated in one of two ways:

• TOEFL - a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (internet-based test) is required. • IELTS - a minimum composite score

of 6.5 is required


Call an Admissions Advisor to begin the application process and submit the following items:

■ Application form

■ Resumé

■ Official transcript from undergraduate degree-granting institution

■ Letter of intent

■ Admissions essay demonstrating graduate-level

writing and critical thinking skills, or the GRE with the following scores. For GRE tests taken within the last six years:

• 85th percentile or higher on the verbal test and

a 5 or higher on the analytical writing test • In place of the admissions essay, the program

director will also consider a thesis, a publication, or other evidence of scholarly work that includes footnotes or citations, and an argument that’s several pages long on a case-by-case basis.

■One letter of recommendation* (professional or academic) *This requirement is being temporarily waived. Instead, applications will be required

to list three professional references on their resumé, including contact information (phone and/or email) for each reference. Letters of recommendation can be reinstated without notice.


About Norwich


Founded in 1819, Norwich University is a small, private, not-for-profit university in Vermont that offers professional and liberal arts programs to military and civilian students. The College of Graduate and Continuing Studies builds upon over 200 years of Norwich University traditions while offering a variety of degree programs online in a rigorous academic environment. By enrolling in our Master of Arts in Military History program, you’ll become part of a long tradition of public service education and leadership at Norwich, which goes all the way back to our founding as the nation’s first private military college.


Norwich University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).

Recognized for academic excellence,

U.S. News & World Report ranks Norwich

University in the top 100 for Regional Universities in the North. Rankings are based on undergraduate programs.

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