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Earn Your Master’s in History Online

The future can always learn from the past, and American Public University's (APU) Master of Arts in History digs beyond the facts to explore how pivotal events, people, and cultures have shaped our world today. As a student, you will develop a keen understanding of how societies progressed through time.

APU’s programs are online with 24/7 access and no set login times. At APU, there are no entrance exams and classes start every month, so you can begin quickly and control your schedule. Ask us about transfer credit opportunities to help you save time and money in completing your degree.

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Making Quality Higher Education Within Reach

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Tuition for master’s degrees and graduate certificates. We offer many grant options. These grants represent a savings on our standard tuition rate. Request information to learn more.

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For undergraduate and master’s-level programs with APU’s Military Tuition Grant for eligible students

Entrance Exams

No GRE®, GMAT™, or other standardized test scores required. Classes start monthly.

Application Fee

There is no cost to apply for undergraduate and master’s-level programs.

Transfer Credit Evaluation

APU does not charge to evaluate and apply eligible transfer credit.


Some master's-level courses provide no-cost ebooks to minimize your expenses.

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Why You Should Earn This Master's From APU

Focused On Your Goals

You begin your program with a study of historiography, an examination of how history has been written and interpreted. A majority of your coursework is then driven by your choice of concentration.

Professionally Oriented

Those who choose the concentration in Public History complete a practicum in a setting such as a historic preservation agency, historic site, cultural resource center, national park or forest, or in an editorial capacity.

A Solid Foundation

This program gives you the opportunity to hone your communication, research, and analytical skills, while sharpening your ability to present compelling arguments.

Enriched Learning

Your academic journey is guided by faculty who are authors and historians themselves, actively conducting research. They are passionate about their work and generously mentor students in preparation for their capstone project.

Rich Resources

You will have access to our University’s online library and its thousands of academic texts and materials, providing an abundant source for reading and research material.

Peer Collaboration

Through student activities, like the Saber and Scroll History Club and the Historical Studies Honor Society, there are ample opportunities to interact with fellow students, among them educators, historians, and history enthusiasts. Our internationally circulated student-run journal, The Saber and Scroll, affords students the opportunity to be professionally published.

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* All U.S. active-duty servicemembers, National Guard members, Reservists, and military families are eligible for our Military Tuition Grant that covers undergraduate and master’s-level tuition above the military TA cap of $250/credit hour. Eligible family members are parents, spouses, legal partners, siblings, and dependents.

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