Department of History


Online M.A. for History Educators

Nationally Acclaimed

UNCW’s online History M.A. program is ranked among the top ten in the nation by the educational consulting websites and It is also named among the very best programs by the online College Affordability Guide. Find out more about us!

UNCW's History Department offers a 30-hour, purpose-designed Master's Degree in History for professional educators. The specific goals of the program are:

  1. to provide advanced opportunities for the study of history;
  2. to prepare historical educators by providing them with knowledge of the most current research practices and questions in relation to historical problems;
  3. to develop the professional practices of history educators to reflect deep understandings of content.

In short, the program is designed to strengthen and sustain a love of history in a learning environment created for dedicated teachers. It MAY qualify its graduates for salary increases and strengthens participants' existing ability to bring history to life in the classroom with new and deeper knowledge.

**Because of the COVID-19 situation the GRE requirement is waived for those applying to the online M.A. program for Fall 2020**


Deadline for Fall 2020
Application for Fall 2020 opens February 1, 2020
Application deadline is July 1, 2020
Classes begin August 19, 2020

Cost of Attendance

North Carolina resident Out of state resident
Cost per credit hour $259.01 $936.91
Total tuition cost $7,770.30 $28,107.30

Note: This does not cover the cost of books for courses.


Courses for 2020-2021

August - October October - December
New cohort HST 590, "The Historian's Craft: Issues & Approaches" HST 560, "Scientific Revs."
Cont. cohort HST 560, "Internal Combustion Revolution" HST 520, "Indians & Settlers in Colonial America"
January - March March - May
New cohort HST 560, "British Empire" HST 590, "Capitalism in Global History"
Cont. cohort HST 520, "Civil War & Reconstruction" HST 560, "British Empire"
June 21 - June 24, 2021
New cohort TBA
Cont. cohort TBA


Student Testimonials

“Being in the classroom, studying in the field, discussing topics with classmates, meeting my professors, browsing the bookstore -- and even eating in the dining hall -- was most rewarding. More importantly, being on campus provided a strong connection to UNCW that might not be obtained otherwise. Enrolling in this program was truly one of the best decisions I have made. Thank you again for a great educational experience.”

--Jennifer Bower (M.A. ’20) about the program’s Summer Institute

  “Field experiences were incredible! It was also great to meet classmates in person.”

  --Jamie Brooks (M.A. ’20) about the program’s Summer Institute

  “In four days I was able to learn a lot of history that I would not otherwise have thought about.”

  --Candice Workman (M.A. ’20) about the program’s Summer Institute

Online M.A. for History Educators Frequently Asked Questions


Class Updates for Summer 2020 Semester

  • HST 595 - Local and Regional History
    • Postponed until 2021
  • HST 595 - Capstone Course
    • Online for Summer 2020