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Military History

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts in Military History explores the historiography of military and warfare that shaped future civilization. While pursuing this online master’s degree, you’ll discover the strategy, command, leadership tactics, and technological advances in weaponry that altered the outcome of some of the most significant battles in history. The graduate curriculum not only examines military battles, it addresses social structures, military attitudes, organizational relationships between officers and troops, and the interrelationships between military and civilian societies. Additionally, this online military history program emphasizes valuable research, writing and communication skills required by professionals in government, military services, or general business.

Many university faculty members teaching these courses are published historians or military leaders who bring unique perspectives and relevant research into the classroom. You’ll also connect and interact online with other students who share your enthusiasm for history.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this program follows industry trends to help ensure relevancy to today's marketplace. View all courses.

Program Objectives

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

  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of historical individuals and events and the global complexity of human experiences over time and place.
  • Distinguish the historical schools of thought that have shaped scholarly understanding of the profession.
  • Apply persuasive arguments that are reasoned and based on suitable evidence.
  • Evaluate secondary resources, through historiographical analysis, for credibility, position, and perspective.
  • Assess a variety of primary sources, digital and archival, in the process of deeply researching the past.
  • Generate research that makes original contributions to knowledge, through the use of advanced historical methods.
  • Produce a high-quality research paper that meets professional standards typical for a conference presentation or academic publication.

Degree at a Glance


Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.


American Military History

Focuses on the major conflicts from the American Revolution to the Cold War period. Topics include the methodology and historiography of the military periods under study and an examination of theoretical concepts, including the nature of warfare, strategy, and leadership, as well as civil-military relations and foreign relations.

Sample Courses

  • MILH621 - The Cold War Era and Aftermath
  • MILH536 - The American Revolution
  • HIST552 - The Civil War: Seminal Event in American History
  • HIST558 - The Great War
  • HIST560 - World War II in Context
  • MILH668 - The War in Vietnam

American Revolution

Covers the philosophies, personalities, strategies, leadership, and other factors that led to, influenced, and resulted from the U.S. break from Great Britain. Analyzes principles of colonialism, monarchy, democracy, republic, and nation-building; military leadership, strategies, and individual soldiers on each side; international diplomacy; economics; and American culture.

Sample Courses

  • MILH532 - British Perspective of the American Revolution
  • MILH536 - The American Revolution
  • HIST551 - The American Revolution in Context
  • MILH531 - Strategy, Tactics & Leadership of the American Revolution
  • MILH637 - The Seven Years War
  • HIST553 - History of Colonial America

Civil War

Examines the political, cultural, economic, and military issues related to the war between the states. Examines major campaigns using cutting-edge texts and expert analysis by the professors. Also teaches obscure, minor, and major figures of the period, including Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, and Ulysses S. Grant.

Sample Courses

  • HIST657 - Antebellum America: Prelude to the Civil War
  • MILH646 - Civil War Cavalry and Intelligence
  • HIST552 - The Civil War: Seminal Event in American History
  • HIST658 - Reconstruction and Post-Civil War America
  • MILH541 - Civil War Strategy and Tactics
  • MILH542 - Civil War Command and Leadership

War Since 1945

Examines war since 1945 with a focus on the Cold War era and its aftermath. Topics include the United Nations peacekeeping operations as a tool of conflict management. Courses also analyze the history of insurgents and revolutionaries, and the turbulent areas in the history of the world including the Balkans, Israel, Iraq, Afghanistan, and other regions.

Sample Courses

  • MILH621 - The Cold War Era and Aftermath
  • MILH667 - The Balkans: Conflict and Peace
  • MILH620 - War Since 1945
  • MILH622 - Great Power Military Interventions
  • MILH668 - The War in Vietnam
  • HIST680 - Special Topic: History
  • HIST690 - Independent Study: History

World War II

Looks at the history, politics, leaders, strategies, and campaigns under which the era’s seminal events unfolded. Covers the major political and military leaders of both Allied and Axis powers, the war’s major theaters, military strategy and leadership, political and military institutions, and the war’s major and lesser campaigns and battles.

Sample Courses

  • MILH552 - World War II in the Pacific
  • MILH555 - World War II: Politics, Political Leadership and Diplomacy
  • MILH654 - World War II and the Eastern Front
  • HIST560 - World War II in Context
  • HIST642 - Nazi Germany and the Holocaust
  • MILH551 - World War II in Europe

Admission Requirements

Please be prepared to submit a legible copy of your valid government-issued photo ID (civilian students) or government issued JST or CCAF transcript (military students) upon request.

An AMU admissions representative will contact you with further details about how to submit the required documentation after you complete the enrollment application.

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 AMU admissions representative at 877-777-9081 or

Graduate Tuition Rates 

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

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, AMU offers 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

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

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

AMU 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.