How rigorous are your courses? How much time will they take to complete?
Gilder Lehrman online graduate courses are designed to be as challenging and rigorous as graduate history courses offered on a university campus. Participants read 100-125 pages of primary and secondary texts ahead of each course meeting, and also watch guest lecture videos or study digital history websites related to each week's assigned readings. Regular writing assignments and a final project or paper are also standard requirements in our online courses.
Given the robust workload, we offer two types of courses:
- an intensive six-week summer course;
- and a slower-paced, twelve-week semester course.
Each type of course requires the same amount of work, but courses offered in the fall and spring semesters include a week in between each class meeting and a two-week midterm break.
If I miss a session, how do I catch up? Will missing a session lower my grade?
Each live session will be available for review immediately after concluding, with no limit on the number of times you may watch a session. It is quite possible to catch up after missing a session and then stay current with the group for the rest of the course. Missing a session will not directly lower your grade.
However, missing live sessions may limit your ability to fully appreciate the concepts explored, and thus indirectly weaken your performance in the course. We strongly recommend enrolling in a Gilder Lehrman online course only if your schedule will permit you to attend the majority of the live sessions.
Do I need to be tech-savvy in order to take a Gilder Lehrman online course?
While you do not need special technical training to excel in a Gilder Lehrman online course, you should be comfortable using your computer for email, web browsing, and videoconferencing through services such as Skype and/or Google Hangout.
What sort of computer do I need in order to join the live sessions? Do I need speakers? Can I use an iPad?
Most computers manufactured within the last 2-3 years can smoothly run the live sessions. If your computer is able to play YouTube videos without encountering problems (such as start-and-stop video, or poor quality video), then you will be able to watch and participate in the live sessions.
You may use an iPad (version 2 or later) to join the live sessions, though you’re likely to find the experience smoother and the interface more user-friendly if using a desktop or laptop computer.
You may listen to live sessions and recordings using headphones or speakers. We find that headphones offer the best quality audio, but most speakers will do the job well.
Do I need a fast Internet connection in order to participate in the live sessions?
Yes! Your connection must be capable of downloading data at a rate of at least 5 Mbps (megabits-per-second). To test your connection speed, visit this link: http://www.speedtest.net/. If the download speed noted at the end of the test is not at least 5 Mbps, then your connection is not fast enough to support one of our online courses.
Also, please note the following:
- You should connect to the live sessions via a wired connection, as wireless routers tend to be less reliable.
- We do not recommend joining the live sessions via a wireless network at a library, coffee shop, or other connection shared with many users.
- If you’re using an iPad connected to a cellular network, you must have access to a 4G network—and your iPad must be capable of connecting to a 4G signal. But we do not recommend using cellular networks, as they tend to be less reliable than wired internet connections.
Costs and credits
What does my graduate course fee include?
The $600 registration fee for graduate participants covers the graduate credit received by all who successfully complete the course. This fee also funds staff time and travel expenses for the lead scholar and other facilitators, live online broadcasting charges, transcript processing fees, and general administrative costs. The $25 fee for auditors funds staff time involved with coordinating the course for those not seeking credit.
Do you offer scholarships or any other financial aid?
Graduate participants who are teachers at Gilder Lehrman Affiliate Schools may apply for a scholarship. We are pleased to offer one scholarship per course. To check whether your school is a member of the Affiliate Schools program, please click here.
Scholarship applications must be received at least two weeks prior to the registration deadline for each course. To apply for a scholarship:
- Register for a Gilder Lehrman online graduate course. Click here to view links to descriptions of current offerings.
- After you register, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the scholarship application form. Complete the form at least two weeks prior to the registration deadline for the course in which you have enrolled.
If you have questions about scholarships not answered here, please email us at [email protected]
What if I decide to withdraw? Can I get a refund of my registration fee?
After registering, you may withdraw from a course and receive a full refund up to 24 hours after the first course meeting concludes. After this point, you may withdraw and avoid academic penalty, but you will not receive a full refund.
For summer term courses, no refunds are available following the 24 hours after the first course meeting.
For fall and spring term courses, refunds of 50% are available after the 24 hours following the first course meeting and before three weeks have elapsed after the first course meeting.
What are the benefits of auditing a course?
Participants auditing a course will be able to watch recordings of live sessions, access free readings available through the course website, take multiple-choice quizzes to test proficiency, and pursue a Continuing Education Certificate of Completion. Auditors do not submit assignments or receive credit.
Can I earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Points (PDPs)?
Gilder Lehrman online graduate courses courses are generally eligible for CEU and PDP credits, but it is your responsibility to verify eligibility with your school administration or state PD office prior to enrolling in a course. If you need more information to determine eligibility than is available on the course information page, please email us at [email protected].
Do I need to be a teacher in order to enroll in a Gilder Lehrman online course?
No. While our courses are designed for K-12 teachers, they are open to all adult learners who hold an undergraduate degree. Museum educators, public historians, graduate students, and other lifelong learners are quite welcome.
May I join a Gilder Lehrman online course as a high school or undergraduate college student?
In order to pursue graduate credit through our online courses, participants must hold an undergraduate degree. Yet high school and undergraduate college students are welcome to join as auditors. Auditors do not complete assignments or receive credit, but are welcome to follow along with each course.
M.A. in American History
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, on 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 MA 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].
Do you have questions not answered here? Email us at [email protected]