Top 18 Cheap Online Master’s in History 2019

This list covers the 18 cheapest online master’s degrees in history in this country (based on data from the U.S. Department of Education), the majority of these schools’ tuition rates are below the cost of a traditional college education. For your convenience, we have arrayed them in descending order of cost, with the most expensive school on the bottom, according to the tuition rate per credit hour. With a limited number of programs to rank, we forewent the traditional multifactorial approach and compiled this list soleley based on cheapness.

#1 – Fort Hays State University

Hays, Kansas

Fort Hays State University’s school mascot is Victor E. Tiger.

Online MA in History Without Thesis

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Enrollment: 14,658
Tuition: $9,676
Fort Hays State University has an online master of arts in history without thesis degree that is a 30-33 credit hour program that includes coursework in rural studies and Western history. With a student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1, the program requires satisfactory performance on the written comprehensive exam before matriculation. Fort Hays State University charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $287.75 per credit hour, regardless of residency. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

#2 – Missouri State University

Springfield, Missouri

Missouri State University has a low hourly tuition rate.

MA in History Online

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Enrollment: 23,538
Tuition: $9.324
Missouri State University has an online master of arts in history degree that is a 30 credit hour program that offers three tracks: American studies; global area studies; and US and the world. With a student to faculty ratio of 22 to 1, the program requires a recent GRE score and three letters of recommendation. Missouri State University charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $295 per credit hour for this program, regardless of residency. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

#3 – University of North Alabama

Florence, Alabama

The University of North Alabama’s school mascot is the Lion.

MA in History Online

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Enrollment: 7,204
Tuition: $11,736
The University of North Alabama has an online master of arts in history degree that is a 51 quarter credit hour program that includes coursework in US history and world history. With a student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1, the program requires at least 24 hours of previous coursework in history. The University of North Alabama charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $326 per credit hour regardless of residency. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

#4 – University of Nebraska-Kearney

Kearney, Nebraska

 

The University of Nebraska at Kearney’s school mascot is the Loper.

Online MA in History

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Enrollment: 6,788
Tuition: $11,886
The University of Nebraska-Kearney has an online master of arts in history degree that is a 36 credit hour program that includes coursework in early America and modern Europe. With a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1, the program requires an accredited bachelor’s degree with at least 18 hours in history. The University of Nebraska-Kearney offers an out of state, graduate tuition rate of $417.50 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

#5 – Jackson State University

Jackson, Mississippi

Jackson State University has an endowment of $36 million dollars.

Online MA in History

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Enrollment: 9,811
Tuition: $7,501
Jackson State University has an online master of arts in history degree that is a 36 credit hour program that includes coursework in public history and the African diaspora. With a student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1, the program has a provisional acceptance program available for qualifying students. Jackson State University charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $462 per credit hour, regardless of residency. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

#6 – Troy University

Troy, Alabama

Troy University’s school mascot is, of course, the Trojan.

Online MA in History

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Enrollment: 17,855
Tuition: $14,292
Troy University has an online master of arts in history degree that is a 36 credit hour program with coursework that includes Collaboration for Foundation, The Master Teacher, and Educational Technology in the Curriculum. With a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1, the program requires transcripts, letters of recommendation, and an application fee. Troy University offers an online, out of state, graduate tuition rate of $494 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

#7 – University of Louisiana at Monroe

Monroe, Louisiana

The University of Louisiana at Monroe has an Eagle for a school mascot.

Online MA in History

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Enrollment: 9,038
Tuition: $18,590
The University of Louisiana at Monroe has an online master of arts in history that is a 30 credit hour program with a thesis or non-thesis option. Coursework includes History of Warfare, The Makers of Europe, and Civil War Military History. With a student to faculty ratio of 21 to 1, the program requires GRE scores, a GPA of 2.5, and a minimum of 18 hours in undergraduate history courses. The University of Louisiana at Monroe offers an online, graduate tuition rate of $500 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

#8 – University of Massachusetts-Boston

Boston, Massachusetts

The University of Massachusetts Boston was established in 1964.

MA in History Online

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Enrollment: 16,847
Tuition: $32,913
The University of Massachusetts-Boston has an online master of arts in history degree that is a 30 credit hour program that includes coursework in research methods and introduction to historiography. With a student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1, the program requires three letters of recommendation and a writing sample with the admissions packet. The University of Massachusetts-Boston charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $575 per credit hour, regardless of residency. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

#9 – University of Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee

The school mascot of the University of Memphis is the Tiger.

MA in History Online

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Enrollment: 21,301
Tuition: $17,604
The University of Memphis has an online master of arts in history degree that is a 33 credit hour program that requires a comprehensive written exam for graduation with a thesis or non-thesis option. Courses include the following: African-American History; Global History; Egyptian History; and U.S. History after 1877. With a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1, the program requires two letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose. The University of Memphis charges an online, out of state, graduate tuition rate of $603 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

#10 – Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia

Liberty University was established in 1971.

MA in History Online

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Enrollment: 75,756
Tuition: $8,051
Liberty University has an online master of arts in history degree that is a 36 credit hour program that includes the following courses: the Protestant Reformation; History of Slavery and Servitude in the Western World; and History of American Political Parties. With a student to faculty ratio of 19 to 1, the program requires transcripts and a statement of purpose for admission. Liberty University offers an online, graduate rate of $605 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

#11 – Arizona State University

Tempe, Arizona

Arizona State University’s school mascot is the Sun Devil.

Online MA in History

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Enrollment: 51,869
Tuition: $23,480
Arizona State University has an online master of arts in history degree that is a 30 credit hour program that includes coursework in historical methods and genealogy. With a student to faculty ratio of 23 to 1, the program requires at least 18 hours of previous historical coursework. Arizona State University charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $637 per credit hour for this program, regardless of residency. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

#12 – Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania

Slippery Rock University is referred to by those in the know, as “the Rock.”

MA in History Online

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Enrollment: 8,854
Tuition: $18,000
The Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania has a master of arts in history degree that is a 36 credit hour program with a thesis and a non-thesis option. Coursework includes the following: Historical Method; The Ancient Near East; Russia in the 20th Century; and Seminar in Medieval Europe. With a student to faculty ratio of 22 to 1, the program requires transcripts and an application fee as well as other paperwork described in the online application. The Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania offers an online, out of state, graduate tuition rate of $666 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

#13 – Louisiana Tech University

Ruston, Louisiana

Louisiana Tech University was founded in 1894.

Online MA in History

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Enrollment: 12,672
Tuition: $13,333
Louisiana Tech University has an online master of arts in history degree that is a 30 credit hour program that includes coursework in historiography and historic writ. With a student to faculty ratio of 24 to 1, the program requires at least 21 undergraduate credit hours in history coursework. Louisiana Tech University charges an online, out of state, graduate tuition rate of $675 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

#14 – Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, Kentucky

Western Kentucky University was established in 1906.

Online MA in History

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Enrollment: 20,271
Tuition: $16,320
Western Kentucky University has an online master of arts in history degree that is a 36 credit hour program that includes the courses Pre-modern Europe, the Non-Western World, and the Post-Civil War US. With a student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1, the program requires a 3.0 GPA for all undergraduate coursework. Western Kentucky University offers an online, graduate tuition rate of $707 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

#15 – Emporia State University

Emporia, Kansas

Emporia State University was established in 1863.

MA in History Online

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Enrollment: 5,887
Tuition: $18,414
Emporia State University has an online master of arts in history degree that is a 36 credit hour program that includes coursework in historiography and readings seminars. With a student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1, the program offers full, conditional, and probationary admittance to the program. Emporia State University charges a non-resident, graduate tuition rate of $788.50 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

#16 – Indiana State University

Terre Haute, Indiana

Indiana State University is known as the Fightin’ Sycamores.

MA in History Online

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Enrollment: 13,565
Tuition: $13,986
Indiana State University has an online master of arts in history degree that is a 33 credit hour program that includes coursework in historical method and the wider world. With a student to faculty ratio of 21 to 1, the program is closed to international students, but open to those with an APO/FPO address. Indiana State University charges an online, out of state, graduate tuition rate of $793 per credit hour, but there is a discount available for some students. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

#17 – University of North Carolina Wilmington

Wilmington, North Carolina

The University of North Carolina Wilmington was established in 1947.

Online MA in History

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Enrollment: 15,740
Tuition: $16,667
The University of North Carolina Wilmington has an online master of arts in history degree that is geared toward educators. The degree is a 30 credit hour program. With a student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1, the application process for the program requires an essay on your particular historical interest. The University of North Carolina Wilmington charges an out of state, graduate, online tuition rate of $874.22 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

#18 – Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, Texas

Sam Houston State University’s school mascot is the Bearkat.

MA in History Online

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Enrollment: 20,477
Tuition: $12,483
Sam Houston State University has an online master of arts in history degree that is a 30-36 credit hour program with the option to write a thesis or defend a written portfolio. Three track options are available: Rights and Identity; War and Violence; Encounter and Exchanges. With a student to faculty ratio of 21 to 1, the program requires a minimum 2.5 overall GPA or 2.8 on the last 60 hours, an application fee of $45, resume, a document of intent, and writing samples. Sam Houston State University charges an online, non-resident, graduate tuition rate of $1,168.25 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.