2020 Most Affordable Online Master's in History

By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020
2020 Most Affordable History Masters Degrees Badge
By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020

With annual tuitions under $12,000, these 25 online colleges offer the most affordable master's in history programs. In first place, Eastern Illinois University is the most affordable school, with a tuition rate of $3,371. Fort Hays State University, ranked #2, offers an annual tuition rate of $4,316 for its Master of Arts in History. Classes for this program include Constitutional History of the United States, Historiography, History of World Technology, Renaissance and Reformation, and The American Civil Rights Movement.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 Eastern Illinois University $3,371
# 2 #2 Fort Hays State University $4,316
# 3 #3 Fitchburg State University $4,380
# 4 #4 Northeastern State University $4,518
# 5 #5 Missouri State University $5,310
# 6 #6 Pittsburg State University $5,850
# 7 #7 Adams State University $5,925
# 8 #8 University of North Alabama $5,950
# 9 #9 American Public University System $6,300
# 10 #10 Holy Apostles $6,480
# 11 #11 Emporia State University $7,193
# 12 #12 University of Louisiana-Monroe $7,500
# 13 #13 Louisiana Tech University $7,704
# 14 #14 Sam Houston State University $7,769
# 15 #15 Jackson State University $8,316
# 16 #16 University of Massachusetts-Boston $8,625
# 17 #17 University of Nebraska at Kearney $8,892
# 18 #18 Southwestern Assemblies of God University $8,925
# 19 #19 Wayland Baptist University $9,272
# 20 #20 Western New Mexico University $10,334
# 21 #21 Arizona State University $10,640
# 22 #22 Goucher College $10,982
# 23 #23 Southern New Hampshire University Online $11,286
# 24 #24 University of Memphis $11,849
# 25 #25 Jacksonville State University $12,000
#1
#1

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston (IL)
Annual Tuition: $3,371
Annual Tuition: $3,371
Annual Tuition: $3,371
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 53%
  • Acceptance Rate: 52%
  • Average SATs: 940 -1130
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 562
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 524
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (217) 581-5000

Example Classes: American Architecture, Contemporary America, Doing Media History, Historical Interpretation, Historical Publishing, History of American Violence

#2
#2
Annual Tuition: $4,316
Annual Tuition: $4,316
Annual Tuition: $4,316
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 43%
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 4,411
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,453
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (785) 628-4000

Example Classes: Constitutional History of the United States, Historiography, History of World Technology, Religion, Heresy, Magic, and Myth, Renaissance and Reformation, The American Civil Rights Movement

#3
#3
Annual Tuition: $4,380
Annual Tuition: $4,380
Annual Tuition: $4,380
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 58%
  • Acceptance Rate: 80%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1150
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 385
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,402
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (978) 345-2151

Example Classes: Amerindian History, Genocide in World History, Historiography, The Silk Roads, The Vietnam War: An International Perspective, World History

#4
#4
Annual Tuition: $4,518
Annual Tuition: $4,518
Annual Tuition: $4,518
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 33%
  • Acceptance Rate: 96%
  • Average SATs: 896 -1100
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,241
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 412
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (918) 456-5511

Example Classes: American Colonial Period, American Social History, Global History since the Second World War, Recent American History, Union and Democracy: U.S. 1783-1845

#5
#5

Missouri State University

Springfield (MO)
Annual Tuition: $5,310
Annual Tuition: $5,310
Annual Tuition: $5,310
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 56%
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Average SATs: 1040 -1240
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,048
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,332
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (417) 836-5000

Example Classes: American History Readings Seminar, Colonial America, Historiography and Historical Method, The American Revolution, The French Revolution and the Napoleonic Era, Women's History Primary Source Seminar

#6
#6
Annual Tuition: $5,850
Annual Tuition: $5,850
Annual Tuition: $5,850
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Average SATs: 916 -1185
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 170
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (620) 231-7000

Example Classes: Historical Research and Historiography, History of South Asia, History of U.S. Presidents, Readings in American History, Readings in World History

#7
#7

Adams State University

Alamosa (CO)
Annual Tuition: $5,925
Annual Tuition: $5,925
Annual Tuition: $5,925
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 30%
  • Acceptance Rate: 99%
  • Average SATs: 890 -1090
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 367
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,057
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (719) 587-7011

Example Classes: American Indian History, American West, Religion in United States History, U.S. Presidency, U.S. Sports History, Women and Politics in 20th Century America

#8
#8
Annual Tuition: $5,950
Annual Tuition: $5,950
Annual Tuition: $5,950
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Acceptance Rate: 70%
  • Average SATs: 1015 -1180
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 700
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,331
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (256) 765-4100

Example Classes: Historical Administration, Historiography and Methodology, Public History, Seminar in U.S. History to 1877, Seminar in World History Since 1815, U.S. History Through Film

#9
#9
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • Online Degrees: 12
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 37,335
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 7,914
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (877) 468-6268

Example Classes: Ancient and Classical History, Ancient Warfare, History and Popular Culture, History of Colonial America, History of Science, History of the Enlightenment

#10
#10

Holy Apostles

Cromwell (CT)
Annual Tuition: $6,480
Annual Tuition: $6,480
Annual Tuition: $6,480
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 50%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 156
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 344
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (860) 632-3010

Example Classes: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, Logic and Epistemology, Modern and Contemporary Philosophy, Philosophical Anthropology, Philosophy of Edith Stein, Philosophy of Nature & Metaphysics

#11
#11
Annual Tuition: $7,193
Annual Tuition: $7,193
Annual Tuition: $7,193
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Average SATs: 950 -1055
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 178
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,070
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (620) 341-1200

Example Classes: Archival Management, Constitutional History, Professional Development For Historians, Readings in World History, U.S. Historiography Through Reconstruction

#12
#12
Annual Tuition: $7,500
Annual Tuition: $7,500
Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 899
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 939
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (318) 342-1000

Example Classes: Civil War Military History, Historiography, History of Warfare, The American Heritage, The Makers of Europe, Western Heritage

#13
#13
Annual Tuition: $7,704
Annual Tuition: $7,704
Annual Tuition: $7,704
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 60%
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Average SATs: 1065 -1260
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 157
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 301
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (318) 257-2000

Example Classes: Current Problems in History, European Traditions Since 1650, Recent European History, Seminar in Latin American History, Seminar in Medieval History, Seminar-The American Civil War

#14
#14
Annual Tuition: $7,769
Annual Tuition: $7,769
Annual Tuition: $7,769
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 54%
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1140
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,120
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,562
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (936) 294-1111

Example Classes: Colonial America, Early Medieval Europe, High and Late Medieval Europe, Recent America, 1876-1933, Revolutionary America, World Historiography

#15
#15
Annual Tuition: $8,316
Annual Tuition: $8,316
Annual Tuition: $8,316
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 38%
  • Acceptance Rate: 72%
  • Average SATs: 883 -1080
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 773
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 647
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (601) 979-2121

Example Classes: Civil War and Reconstruction, Colonial Africa, Historical Criticism and Historiography, History of the Caribbean, History of the South, U.S. Media History

#16
#16
Annual Tuition: $8,625
Annual Tuition: $8,625
Annual Tuition: $8,625
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 529
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 915
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (617) 287-5000

Example Classes: Greek and Roman Historians, Socialism: The International History of a Revolutionary Idea, The Science, Diplomacy, and Politics of the Atomic Bomb, Themes in American Indian History, Topics in American History, Women's Health and Healing

#17
#17
Annual Tuition: $8,892
Annual Tuition: $8,892
Annual Tuition: $8,892
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 56%
  • Acceptance Rate: 82%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1168
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 487
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,643
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (308) 865-8441

Example Classes: Age of Alexander the Great, British Empire, Comparative Colonialism: Asia and Africa, Digital History, North American Frontiers 1500-1850, Renaissance and Reformation

#18
#18
Annual Tuition: $8,925
Annual Tuition: $8,925
Annual Tuition: $8,925
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 45%
  • Acceptance Rate: 28%
  • Average SATs: 918 -1103
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 739
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 338
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (888) 937-7248

Example Classes: American South, Historical/Cultural Study Tour, Historiography, Military History, Modern Europe 1848-1945, Religion in America

#19
#19
Annual Tuition: $9,272
Annual Tuition: $9,272
Annual Tuition: $9,272
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 23%
  • Acceptance Rate: 99%
  • Average SATs: 880 -1060
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 670
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 604
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (806) 291-1000

Example Classes: Church History, Environmental History, History of Science and Technology, History of Warfare, Social and Intellectual History, U.S. Colonial and Revolutionary History

#20
#20
Annual Tuition: $10,334
Annual Tuition: $10,334
Annual Tuition: $10,334
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 34%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 487
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 625
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (505) 538-6336

Example Classes: Ancient Civilizations, Border Issues in US/Mexico Relations, History and Politics of the Vietnam War, North American Relations in Perspective, The Drug Wars, World Politics

#21
#21

Arizona State University

Tempe (AZ) (and 4 others)
Annual Tuition: $10,640
Annual Tuition: $10,640
Annual Tuition: $10,640
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 54%
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Average SATs: 1091 -1301
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 33,410
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 10,843
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Example Classes: Civil War Era, Comparative Colonialism, Early American History, Genealogy, Global Cold War, The Sixties

#22
#22

Goucher College

Baltimore (MD)
Annual Tuition: $10,982
Annual Tuition: $10,982
Annual Tuition: $10,982
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 66%
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1260
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 346
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (410) 337-6000

Example Classes: American Architecture and Building, Historic Preservation for Sustainability and Resilience, Historic Property Documentation, Preservation Law

#23
#23
Annual Tuition: $11,286
Annual Tuition: $11,286
Annual Tuition: $11,286
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 77%
  • Graduation Rate: 44%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 86,849
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 19,526
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (603) 668-2211

Example Classes: Archival Management, Digitization of History, Historical Lenses and Scholarship, Introduction to Public History, Museum Collection Management, Public History Strategic Management

#24
#24

University of Memphis

Memphis (TN)
Annual Tuition: $11,849
Annual Tuition: $11,849
Annual Tuition: $11,849
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 53%
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Average SATs: 1010 -1230
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,009
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,332
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (901) 678-2000

Example Classes: Greek Experience, History Childhood/America, History Women in America, Studies Global History, Studies US After 1877, Studies US History To 1877

#25
#25

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville (AL)
Annual Tuition: $12,000
Annual Tuition: $12,000
Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 41%
  • Acceptance Rate: 54%
  • Average SATs: 930 -1160
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 979
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 935
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (256) 782-5781

Example Classes: Age of Churchill, Black America, Napoleon and Europe, The 1920's and the Great Depression, The Age of Jefferson and Jackson, 1783 to 1850, Warfare in the Ancient World