Develop the expertise you need to bring history to life for your students.

Designed especially for teachers and working professionals, Ashland’s Master of Arts degree programs in American history and government combine the quality instruction and flexible online, hybrid, or on-campus curriculum you’ve been searching for. Only Ashland offers a traditional graduate school experience on a schedule that allows you to meet your personal and professional obligations.

Master of Arts in American History and Government

Ashland’s Master of Arts in American History and Government program offers an extended exploration of the ideas, people, and places that make America’s story so fascinating. We invite you to become a part of our community, as a non-degree seeking or degree-seeking student, to help you become the expert you students need.

  • On-campus/online or fully on-campus study
  • All courses focused on American history and government
  • 32 semester credit hours
  • Transfer in up to 6 semester hours
  • Traditional master’s thesis, capstone project, or comprehensive exam options
  • Fellowships available

Discussions, not Lectures. Texts, not Textbooks

You’ll read the primary sources, then discuss the challenges and choices of those who began and carried forward America’s experiment in self-government. Instead of listening to lectures on history or pedagogy, you’ll join scholar-led conversations, probing the long American debate over the meaning of liberty and equality.

A Unique and Dynamic Faculty

Unlike any other program, we bring leading historians and political scientists, from universities around the nation, directly to you. Their expertise spans the full range of America’s history and governmental institutions. They will help you grow as a scholar, and give you the foundation you need to do the most important work in America—educating the next generation of citizens.

Convenient Courses to Fit Your Schedule

With our convenient course options, you can earn the degree you want without sacrificing quality. Our MA in American History and Government is available both as a fully on-campus summer program and as a hybrid program blending on-campus summer study with online courses.

Paying for Your Education

Through the generous support of our donors, the Ashbrook Center is able to offer various fellowships to offset your costs. If you are a new degree-seeking student, you may take your first week-long summer residential course tuition-free. With our flexible on-campus, online, and hybrid study options, a quality graduate school experience may be more affordable than you think.

Getting Started

Take the first step. Learn more about MAHG and how you can be the expert teacher your students need. Admission is conducted on a rolling basis.