M.A. On Campus


George Mason University

12 months
1412 USD/credit
1412 USD/credit
524 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The faculty in the History MA program from George Mason University is at the forefront of traditional historical study, digital approaches to the past, and applied history.  As a student, you will select from a rich variety of course topics while also choosing an area of historical specialization that accommodates your interests and furthers your career objectives. 


You will learn in small classes led by nationally recognized historians who engage and challenge you, and have the opportunity to learn cutting-edge digital skills or participate in internships that prepare you for careers that reach far beyond academia.

Students come to the History program from George Mason University with diverse intellectual interests and career objectives, and we have designed our program with that diversity in mind.  Because classes are offered in the evening, students can combine coursework with their current careers.  You will take classes in which you discuss history alongside public historians, teachers, military officers, non-profit professionals, government officials, entrepreneurs, and future academics. This experience is uniquely stimulating and fits a variety of career goals. 

Career options:

Our graduates do History in many places.  Some work in distinguished public history institutions, including the Smithsonian Institution, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Library of Congress, and the National Park Service. Others have been highly successful at private companies such as Blackboard. 

Students who already have full-time jobs use their MA degrees to advance within their existing careers. Students have pursued further education in history at the PhD level at schools such as American University, Georgetown, McGill University, Michigan State, Rice University, University of Virginia, Yale, and in Mason’s own history PhD program. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • The Study and Writing of History
  • The Colonial Origins of American Society
  • The Age of Jackson, 1815-1854
  • Development of the Early Republic, 1783-1815
  • Disasters in U.S. History
  • Era of the American Revolution
  • Religion in North America to 1870
  • Problems in American History
  • Topics in the American Civil War Era
  • U.S. South Since 1865

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits



On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed online application for graduate study and application fee
  • An earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, or international equivalent, verified from copies of unofficial transcripts uploaded to the online application Self-Service Center.
  • Copies of unofficial university transcripts and any earned degree 
  • All transcripts from colleges or universities outside the United States must be translated into English
  • Verification of English language proficiency.
  • Official GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or MAT or other official test scores
  • Other supplemental materials specified by your academic program such as essays, departmental forms, portfolios, or interviews

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1412 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1412 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    1412 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1412 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    524 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 524 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Fairfax

1330 - 2300 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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