Are you ready to take the next step in your education? The Gilder Lehrman M.A. in American History from Adams State University offers the opportunity to pursue your master’s degree through our online graduate courses.
These innovative courses blend a traditional liberal arts environment with features that can only be found online, combining first-rate scholars and small class sizes with virtual field trips, interactive discussions, and the extensive use of digital history tools.
In addition to providing a top-notch education, Gilder Lehrman and Adams State are committed to offering a program that fits your schedule as well as your budget: participants can take as many years as they need to complete the program and, at a cost of $600 per course, enrollees can earn an M.A. in American History for under $6,000! For more information about current and forthcoming courses, visit gilderlehrman.org/onlinecourses.
Complete Your Master’s in Three Steps
- Enroll in the M.A. program through a free application with Adams State when you sign up for your first online course.
- Complete nine Gilder Lehrman online courses or eight online courses plus one Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar. Online graduate courses will be offered each spring, summer, and fall, and Teacher Seminars run weekly from late June through August.
- Write a thesis and defend it on the Adams State campus in southwest Colorado.
Scholarships for Affiliate School Teachers
One scholarship per course will be offered each year to a Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School teacher. Find out more about scholarship opportunities at Online Course FAQs and learn more about the Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School program here.
How do I enroll?
To enroll in the M.A. in American History, simply register for one of our online graduate courses. You will find links to descriptions of current course offerings at gilderlehrman.org/onlinecourses.
Is there an application fee? What are the requirements for enrolling?
There is no application fee.
The principal prerequisite is that participants currently hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university. Asserting that you have earned a bachelor’s degree is part of the process of signing up for each of our courses.
Beyond that, the program is open—and designed for K-12 teachers, museum educators, park service rangers, and other history professionals to obtain graduate credentials at a reasonable cost, at their own pace.
What if I want to take an online course, but not pursue the M.A.?
You are quite welcome to enroll in a single course, or several, and not pursue the degree. While you will be automatically enrolled in the M.A. program upon registering for one of our online courses, you will be removed from the program after five years of inactivity. The credits earned are permanently valid, but if you do not pursue the degree, there will be no negative mark on your academic record.
Is there a set curriculum?
The program does not have a set curriculum, but rather embraces the opportunity for teachers and other history professionals to shape it according to their needs. For example, some folks may prefer to focus on 19th-century history, while others hone in on the 20th century. Our expanding catalog of offerings will make possible such specialization, characteristic of all good graduate programs. Our goal is ensure that you are better able to teach the history you need to teach.
I have previously taken a Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar; can I apply that work toward the M.A. in American History?
If you applied for credit following your Teacher Seminar, then you can most certainly count that work toward the M.A. Each Teacher Seminar is eligible for 3.0 graduate credits, which can be secured within the same year your seminar was offered by completing a capstone assignment and submitting a tuition fee to Adams State University. To read more about applying for credit for your Teacher Seminar, please visit this link: http://blogs.adams.edu/glinstitute/
Please note: Participants may count credits toward the Gilder Lehrman MA in American History earn in only one Teacher Seminar. All other degree credits must be earned through Gilder Lehrman Online Courses.
May I transfer credits from another university?
You may transfer up to six (6) credit hours of graduate-level coursework in which you earned a grade of B or better from an accredited college or university. For additional information on transferring credit from other universities, please contact the program chair for the M.A. in American History: Dr. Edward Crowther, [email protected].
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About Adams State University
Founded in 1921, Adams State is a university offering undergraduate majors, minors, and emphases. ASU also offers master’s degree programs and a doctoral program—with most of these graduate programs offered online. In recent years, Adams State has entered a new era of growth including a transformation of its campus in Alamosa, Colorado, with $65 million worth of improvements nearly complete.