2023 Best Master’s in History Programs

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Deciding which college to attend can be a daunting task. For many, it will be the most important decision that they make in their lives. To make an informed decision, you have to consider a lot of variables, such as cost of attendance, financial aid, student/teacher ratio, academics, student life, and more. These factors will either positively or negatively impact the quality of education that you receive.

Do you want to acquire a master’s in history, but don’t know what institution you should attend? Well, if you are as ambitious as I was in my late teens, then you want to attend a top school, instead of an average or mediocre one. Fortunately, we have already done the legwork for you. To help you find the right school for your interests and goals, we’ve compiled a list of 2022’s best master’s in history programs.

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  1. University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, MI

The Department of History has a general history doctor of philosophy (PhD) and several interdepartmental degrees that combine history classes with work in Greek and Roman culture and anthropology, along with women’s studies. Although the institution does not have a stand-alone master’s degree program in history, learners with a bachelor’s degree in the field can earn a master’s degree while pursuing their PhD. According to the institution, most doctoral candidates finish the degree program in six to seven years.

Admission to the degree program is competitive; the department normally accepts 18 learners from a pool of 350 to 400 candidates each year. Graduate learners have access to the University of Michigan’s extensive collection of academic resources and supports, including the Bentley Historical Library, seven on-campus museums, and the school’s International Institute.

  1. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

The University of Pennsylvania is an Ivy League school that is rated as one of the best schools in the nation, and many of its professional schools are rated as being in the top ten programs in their respective fields.

The Department of History has a master of arts in history and a PhD in history. The master’s degree program requires learners to finish six graduate-level history classes, finish a history thesis, and pass a holistic exam based on classwork and thesis research. Classes consist of American labor and economic history, African history, immigration, public policy, and cultural histories of America. The PhD in history is a three-year path that is finished with 20 credits. Fellowships and other funding sources are available for candidates. Along with the traditional PhD degree program; learners can pursue either a Certificate in World History or a dual juris doctor (JD); a PhD is offered via collaboration between the Department of History and the Law School.

  1. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

The Department of History offers learners with a PhD in history that requires a dissertation and teaching experience before graduation. Once accepted, learners are guaranteed five years of full funding. The department is home to more than 50 professors who have specialties in a wide range of periods. Learners are required to take a couple of classes to develop research skills. They are then able to select classwork to match their interest; classes may consist of concepts such as imperial China, sports and politics in American history, environmental history, and more.

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