Humanities

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts in Humanities is based on the great ideas, works, and thinkers who defined civilization as embodied in the "great books" tradition established at the University of Chicago and now in use at other leading institutions such as the University of Notre Dame, Boston University, and Columbia University. You will evaluate humankind's fundamental topics through courses in humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. You may find this online master’s degree to be excellent preparation for careers in writing, presenting ideas, and creative problem solving.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online master’s program is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Society, class, and wealth
  • Civilization’s great literary works, authors, and ideas
  • Greek, Hebrew, and religious works and social impact
  • Art and literature from ancient cultures
  • Hinduism, Buddhism, and Christianity
  • Major philosophers and literary works of the Renaissance
  • Enlightenment principles and New World and 19th century thought
  • Evolution of intelligent life and the ethics of influential people
  • 19th century literature and effects on cultural and social issues
  • History and popular culture, including artistic works and movements

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Critically analyze literary works for their contribution to the body of human knowledge.
  • Articulate written positions on ideas that stem from the great works of human thought.
  • Apply classical logic to historical and contemporary issues of human behavior, society, and civilization.
  • Examine the human experience from multidimensional perspectives from antiquity to modern times through examination of the leading authors and works of each age.
  • Analyze the origins and implications of the concept of individualism as it applies in concepts of tradition, power, society, and culture.
  • Use advanced science and social science knowledge, methods, and logic to inform and influence scientific and/or social processes and structures.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All graduate programs require you to have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • If you have a non-U.S. transcript, please view our International Admissions page for more information.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.  

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Graduate Tuition Rates  

Per credit hour: $350 | $325 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

As an accredited university, we accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

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Transfer Credits 

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.