Why This Matters

  • DEMAND FOR ARCHIVISTS AND CURATORS IS EXPECTED TO RISE BY 11%

    Over the next decade, public and private organizations will depend on these workers to manage records and curate collections that meet the public’s growing interest in art, history, science, and technology.

  • HISTORIANS MAKE MORE THAN THE AVERAGE SALARY

    With an average salary of $63,680, historians make $23,870 more than the average U.S. worker.

  • JOB GROWTH FOR HISTORIANS IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE BY 3%

    Over the next decade, museums, governmental agencies, historical societies, and nonprofits will continue to depend on the research and critical thinking abilities of historians.

Our Research

This list covers undergraduate and graduate programs in history that prepare students for a broad range of careers. All programs include coursework aimed at improving writing, research, analysis, and communication skills. Degrees offered include bachelor of arts in history, bachelor of science in history, and master of arts in history. Students can choose from online, on-campus, and hybrid learning formats.

National and regional organizations accredit schools that uphold a high academic standard. Programs on this list are accredited by national accreditors, such as the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Regional accreditation comes from bodies such as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCC) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

We evaluated each program on the basis of flexibility, faculty, course strength, cost, and reputation. Then we calculated the Intelligent Score for each program on a scale from 0 to 100. For a more extensive explanation, check out Our Ranking Methodology.

  • 80 hours to write this article
  • 208 universities and colleges we assessed
  • 381 education programs we compared

The Top 44 History Degree Programs

Best History Degree Programs
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Catholic University of America

intelligent score 99.52

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Programs Bachelor of Arts in History

Required Credits to Graduate 120 credits

Department School of Arts and Sciences

Estimated Cost per Credit $525 per credit

accreditation Middle States Commission on Higher Education

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 202-319-5253

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Programs Bachelor of Arts in History

Required Credits to Graduate 120 credits

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Slippery Rock University

intelligent score 98.31

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Programs Master of Arts in History

Required Credits to Graduate 30 credits

Department College of Liberal Arts

Estimated Cost per Credit In-State: $516 per credit; Out-of-State: $774 per credit

accreditation Middle States Commission on Higher Education

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 727-738-4923

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Programs Master of Arts in History

Required Credits to Graduate 30 credits

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Sam Houston State University

intelligent score 96.43

Award Best Prep for Museum Career

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Programs Bachelor of Arts in History

Required Credits to Graduate 120 credits

Department College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Estimated Cost per Credit $355.66 per credit

accreditation American Psychological Association

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 936-294-1844

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Programs Bachelor of Arts in History

Required Credits to Graduate 120 credits

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Louisiana Tech University

intelligent score 95.46

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Programs Master of Arts in History

Required Credits to Graduate 120 credits

Department College Of Liberal Arts

Estimated Cost per Credit $154.25 per credit

accreditation Aviation Accreditation Board International

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 318-257-4805

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Programs Master of Arts in History

Required Credits to Graduate 120 credits

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Fort Hays State University

intelligent score 94.74

Award Best for International Students

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Programs Master of Arts in History

Required Credits to Graduate 30 credits

Department Department of History

Estimated Cost per Credit $241.71 per credit

accreditation Higher Learning Commission

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 785-628-4248

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Required Credits to Graduate 30 credits

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University of Louisiana Monroe

intelligent score 94.28

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Programs Master of Arts in History

Required Credits to Graduate 120 credits

Department College of Arts, Education, & Sciences

Estimated Cost per Credit $258 per credit

accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 318-342-3145

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Required Credits to Graduate 120 credits

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Drury University

intelligent score 94.27

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Programs Bachelor of Arts in History

Required Credits to Graduate 124 credits

Department School of Humanities & Social Sciences

Estimated Cost per Credit $959 per credit

accreditation Higher Learning Commission

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 417-873-7879

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Programs Bachelor of Arts in History

Required Credits to Graduate 124 credits

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Holy Apostles College and Seminary

intelligent score 93.76

Award Best Catholic Option

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Programs Bachelor of Arts in History

Required Credits to Graduate 120 credits

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Estimated Cost per Credit $360 per credit

accreditation New England Commission of Higher Education

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 860-632-3066

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Programs Bachelor of Arts in History

Required Credits to Graduate 120 credits

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West Texas A&M University

intelligent score 93.25

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Programs Bachelor of Arts in History

Required Credits to Graduate 120 credits

Department Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities

Estimated Cost per Credit $511.13 per credit

accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 806-651-2417

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Required Credits to Graduate 120 credits

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University of North Carolina Wilmington

intelligent score 92.98

Award Most Comprehensive

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Programs Bachelor of Arts in History

Required Credits to Graduate 40 credits

Department Department of History

Estimated Cost per Credit $185.12 per credit

accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 910- 962-3307

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Programs Bachelor of Arts in History

Required Credits to Graduate 40 credits

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Most Customizable
Valley City State University
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Best Evangelical Program
Southwestern Assemblies of God University
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Best Study Abroad Option
Southern Methodist University
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Best Accelerated Option
Westfield State University
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Best Minor Options
University Of Central Florida
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Best Liberal Arts Option
Columbia College
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Most Traditional
Oregon State University
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Best Baptist Option
Ottawa University
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Best for African American History
The University of Memphis
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Best Foreign Language Option
Liberty University
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Best for Double Majors
University Of North Alabama
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Best for History of Religions
University of Illinois Springfield
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Best Interactive Option
Southwestern Adventist University
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Best Faculty
Washington State University
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Best On-Campus Option
Harvard University
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Best Political Science Concentration
University of Maine at Presque Isle
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Best for Transfer Students
Granite State College
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Best Theological Foundation
The Baptist College Of Florida
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Best for U.S. History
Regent University
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Best Part-Time Option
University of Arizona
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Most Focused
National University
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Best Geography Concentration
Northwestern University
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Best for Research
UNC's History Department
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Best Specializations
University Of Pennsylvania
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Best Honors Program
UCLA
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Best East Asian History Option
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
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Best for Teacher Certification
Texas State University
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Best in the Pacific
Chaminade University of Honolulu
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Best for Middle School Teachers
Sterling College
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Best for Independent Study
University of California, Berkeley
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Most Affordable
Florida International University
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Best Work Study
Berea College
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Best Archives
Clayton State University
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Best Art History
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

What You Should Know About This Degree

A degree in history can prepare students for many careers because of its broad curriculum rooted in research and analysis. When choosing a program of study, also consider a degree in political science. Both programs examine the past, present, and future through a critical lens and help develop communication skills and information synthesis. History programs allow students to cultivate a deep understanding of the past and use this knowledge to analyze the people it affects in the present. Political science specializes in government and policy and uses a political lens to contextualize world events.

For certain professions, graduates need to earn additional licenses or certifications. History graduates who wish to become teachers are required to obtain a state-issued license. Certifications can demonstrate proficiency in a specialized field, such as genealogy or heritage interpretation. The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) and the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) provide credentials for history majors that can increase job opportunities.

While the demand for historians is expected to grow at the same rate as other professions, graduates can use the skills they’ve acquired across numerous occupations, including public relations, business, and journalism.

What’s Next?

When considering history degree programs, ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I eligible for this program? Bachelor’s programs in history accept students from a range of educational backgrounds. Most programs require students to have a minimum GPA and standardized test score. For graduate programs in history, students may be required to submit letters of recommendation and Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores.
  • How long does it take to complete this online degree? Four years of full-time study are generally required to complete an undergraduate degree in history. The programs on our list require between 40 and 180 credits to receive a bachelor of arts in history or bachelor of science in history. Master’s degree programs on our list require between 30 and 33 credits to graduate.

Each program has specific application deadlines and requirements, and all materials must be submitted by their due dates. Check with the school admission’s department for detailed application information.

Higher education requires a financial investment, and you should plan how you will cover these costs. Research scholarships, grants, and other financial aid opportunities that can help reduce the cost of your education.