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2021 Best Value History Master's Degree Schools

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

228 Colleges
$13,101 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$40,606 Avg Salary

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.

The Best Value History Master's Degree Schools ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 228 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value master's degree programs for history students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

Our ranking of value is based on the quality of a program as defined in our per sticker price dollar. Specifically, our score for quality is discounted by the published tuition and fees charged by the given college. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The more quality your dollar buys, the better the value.

In our regional and nationwide rankings, out-of-state tution and fees are used in our calculations. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

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

The following schools top our list of the Best Value History Master's Degree Colleges.

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality for a Master's in History

#1

Ashland University

Ashland, OH

Our 2021 rankings named Ashland University the best value school in the United States for history students working on their master’s degree. Ashland is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the town of Ashland.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Ashland are $6,540 per year.

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The excellent master’s degree programs at American Public University System helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best value history schools in the United States. Located in the town of Charles Town, American Military University is a private for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

American Military University graduate students pay an average of $7,005 in tuition and fees each year.

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#3

Worcester State University

Worcester, MA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Worcester State University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Value History Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Worcester, Worcester State is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Worcester State are $5,796 per year.

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#4

Providence College

Providence, RI

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Providence College. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Value History Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the midsize city of Providence, Providence is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Providence are $9,660 per year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Providence also is in the top 15% of our Best History Master’s Degree Schools ranking.

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#5

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Westfield State University. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Value History Master’s Degree Schools list. Westfield is a medium-sized public school located in the suburb of Westfield.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Westfield are $6,498 per year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Westfield also did well on our Best History Master’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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Arizona State University - Skysong landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree history programs. ASU - Skysong is a very large public school located in the large city of Scottsdale.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at ASU - Skysong are $6,592 a year.

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North Dakota State University - Main Campus ranked #7 on this year’s Best Value History Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Fargo, North Dakota State University is a public school with a large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at North Dakota State University are $11,123 a year.

North Dakota State University excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best History Master’s Degree Schools list.

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With a ranking of #8, Illinois State University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for history students working on their master’s degree. Located in the suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Illinois State are $11,030 a year.

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Salem State University landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree history programs. Located in the suburb of Salem, Salem State is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Salem State are $10,175 a year.

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With a ranking of #10, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville did quite well on this year’s best value schools for history students working on their master’s degree. Located in the suburb of Edwardsville, SIUE is a public college with a large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at SIUE are $9,176 a year.

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University of Nebraska at Kearney came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Value History Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the distant town of Kearney, UNK is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

UNK graduate students pay an average of $14,629 in tuition and fees each year.

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Northern Illinois 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 #12 on the list. Located in the suburb of Dekalb, NIU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

NIU graduate students pay an average of $11,280 in tuition and fees each year.

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#13

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

With a ranking of #13, Texas Tech University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for history students working on their master’s degree. Texas Tech is a fairly large public school located in the city of Lubbock.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Texas Tech are $15,651 a year.

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Citadel Military College of South Carolina came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Value History Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the midsize city of Charleston, The Citadel is a public school with a small student population.

The Citadel graduate students pay an average of $18,540 in tuition and fees each year.

In addition to its great value ranking, The Citadel is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best History Master’s Degree Schools list.

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#15

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

Marquette University came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Value History Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Milwaukee, Marquette is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

Marquette graduate students pay an average of $21,060 in tuition and fees each year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Marquette also is in the top 15% of our Best History Master’s Degree Schools ranking.

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University of North Texas came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Value History Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Denton, UNT is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at UNT are $15,384 a year.

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#17

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD

University of South Dakota ranked #17 on this year’s Best Value History Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the distant town of Vermillion, USD is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at USD are $12,637 a year.

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Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Value History Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the town of Shippensburg, Ship is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Ship are $16,830 per year.

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Western Illinois University came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Value History Master’s Degree Schools ranking. WIU is a moderately-sized public school located in the remote town of Macomb.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at WIU are $11,803 a year.

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West Chester University of Pennsylvania 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 #20 on the list. Located in the large suburb of West Chester, WCUPA is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at WCUPA are $17,200 per year.

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#21

Salisbury University

Salisbury, MD

Salisbury 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 #21 on the list. Salisbury is a moderately-sized public school located in the small suburb of Salisbury.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Salisbury are $15,543 per year.

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University of Nebraska at Omaha 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 #21 on the list. UNOMAHA is a large public school located in the city of Omaha.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at UNOMAHA are $16,020 per year.

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University of Nebraska - Lincoln landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree history programs. Located in the city of Lincoln, UNL is a public college with a fairly large student population.

UNL graduate students pay an average of $18,879 in tuition and fees each year.

UNL also claimed a spot on our Best History Master’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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University of Houston - Clear Lake 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 #24 on the list. UH Clear Lake is a medium-sized public school located in the suburb of Houston.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at UH Clear Lake are $18,982 per year.

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Loyola University Chicago came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Value History Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Loyola Chicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Loyola Chicago are $19,498 a year.

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Rest of the Top Best Value History Master's Degree Schools

#28

Norwich University

Northfield, VT
#29

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
#30

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
#31

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
#32

Yale University

New Haven, CT

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great value schools for History students seeking value that almost earned our Best Value History Master's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
36 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
36 University of North Georgia Dahlonega, GA
38 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
38 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
40 Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Slippery Rock, PA
41 California State University - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
42 University of Wyoming Laramie, WY
43 University of New Orleans New Orleans, LA
44 East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania East Stroudsburg, PA
45 University of Houston Houston, TX
45 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
45 Columbus State University Columbus, GA

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.

  • 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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