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2021 Best History Master's Degree Schools

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Finding the Best History Master's Degree School for You

History is the #28 most popular major in the country with 32,806 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

It's not easy to decide which program to enroll in when you have so many options available. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Or you may find the programs at a trade school to be a better alternative for you.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Best History Master's Degree Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 228 schools in the United States to see which master's degree programs offered the best educational experiences for students. Factors related to overall quality of the school, post-graduation earnings, average student debt, and more accumulated were considered when coming up with this list.

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2021 Best History Master’s Degree Schools in the United States

Check out the history master's degree programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 25 Top Schools for a Master's in History

#1

Yale University

New Haven, CT

Our analysis found Yale University to be the best school for history students who want to pursue a master’s degree in the United States. Yale is a large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of New Haven.

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#2

Duke University

Durham, NC

The excellent master’s degree programs at Duke University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best history schools in the United States. Duke is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Durham.

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#3

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Harvard University is a great place for history students working on their master’s degree. Harvard is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge.

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#4

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Pennsylvania. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best History Master’s Degree Schools list. UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia.

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#5

Brown University

Providence, RI

The excellent master’s degree programs at Brown University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best history schools in the United States. Located in the medium-sized city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#6

Rice University

Houston, TX

Rice University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best History Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Rice is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Houston.

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#7

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

University of Notre Dame did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for history students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #7 on the list. Notre Dame is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Notre Dame.

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#8

Ashland University

Ashland, OH

Ashland University ranked #8 on this year’s Best History Master’s Degree Schools list. Ashland is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the town of Ashland.

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#9

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for history students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#10

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

University of Virginia - Main Campus ranked #10 on this year’s Best History Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the small suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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Columbia University in the City of New York ranked #11 on this year’s Best History Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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#12

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College ranked #12 on this year’s Best History Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the small city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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#13

Providence College

Providence, RI

Providence College landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree history programs. Located in the midsize city of Providence, Providence is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#14

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

Marquette University landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree history programs. Located in the city of Milwaukee, Marquette is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#15

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

University of Chicago ranked #15 on this year’s Best History Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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#16

New York University

New York, NY

New York University ranked #16 on this year’s Best History Master’s Degree Schools list. NYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York.

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American Public University System did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for history students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #17 on the list. Located in the fringe town of Charles Town, American Military University is a private for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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With a ranking of #18, Citadel Military College of South Carolina did quite well on this year’s best schools for history students working on their master’s degree. Located in the medium-sized city of Charleston, The Citadel is a public school with a small student population.

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#19

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for history students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #19 on the list. Located in the small city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree history programs. Wisconsin is a very large public school located in the city of Madison.

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#21

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA

With a ranking of #21, College of William and Mary did quite well on this year’s best schools for history students working on their master’s degree. Located in the suburb of Williamsburg, William & Mary is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

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#22

Brandeis University

Waltham, MA

Brandeis University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for history students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #22 on the list. Brandeis is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Waltham.

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#23

American University

Washington, DC

American University ranked #23 on this year’s Best History Master’s Degree Schools list. The American University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington.

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Texas A&M University - College Station came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best History Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of College Station, Texas A&M is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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University of Nebraska at Kearney landed the #25 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree history programs. Located in the town of Kearney, UNK is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

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Rest of the Top Best History Master's Degree Schools

#27

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#28

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY
#29

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
#30

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX
#31

Fordham University

Bronx, NY
#33

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best History Master's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
35 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
36 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
37 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
38 Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ
39 Baylor University Waco, TX
40 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
41 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
42 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
43 University of Houston - Clear Lake Houston, TX
44 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
45 University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Champaign, IL

History by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

History Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
History 32,806

Related Major Annual Graduates
Education 306,739
Social Sciences 203,399
Psychology 177,655
Communication & Journalism 122,154
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 59,281

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Abraham Ortelius.

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