Best Schools with Military History Graduate Programs: List of Schools

Learn about two of the top schools to offer military training graduate degree programs in the U.S. Read about program details, school locations and rankings, as well as opportunities afforded to graduate students studying military history at these universities.

School Overviews

Two of the top schools to offer military history programs in the U.S. are located in North Carolina and have been ranked by the U.S. News & World Report among the best universities in the nation. Both offer master's and doctoral degree programs in military history. Admission to Duke University's military history program is highly competitive, and students should prepare appropriately. Some students attending the University of North Carolina's program may participate in a specialized consortium on security issues related to their field.

1. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

School Highlight: Students have access to the Triangle Institute for Security Studies and the Military History Seminar Series.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (UNC) was ranked by the U.S. News & World Report in 2015 as the 30th best national university and eleventh best among top schools to offer history programs at the graduate level in 2013. UNC's history department awards both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in military history. The department is able to offer students extensive resources in military history due in part to its collaboration with the Duke University history department. Graduate students may take courses and work closely with military historians at both UNC and Duke. Additionally, through UNC, graduate students have the opportunity to participate in the Triangle Institute for Security Studies, a university consortium focused on issues of national and international security, which includes students and faculty from various related fields.

2. Duke University in Durham, North Carolina

School Highlight: Duke's resources include one of the top scholarly libraries in the nation, which houses over 6,000,000 volumes.

Duke University was ranked tied for eighth in U.S. News and World Report's Best National College survey in 2015. Its well-regarded history department awards both doctoral and master's degrees in various historical fields. Military history is a popular choice among Duke graduate students, and the extremely competitive program prepares graduates for an academic career at top universities. Due to a recent partnership with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, students who earn a Ph.D. in history must complete a teaching portfolio and an oral defense portfolio, better preparing them for professor positions.

Top Graduate Military History Programs

School Name Distinction Location
George Mason University U.S. News & World Report ranked GMU #64 among schools offering the best graduate history programs in 2013. Fairfax, VA
Ohio State University In 2015, OSU ranked #18 among Top Public Schools by U.S. News & World Report in 2015. Columbus, OH
Temple University University research centers include the Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy and the Center for Public History. Philadelphia, PA
Texas A&M University Texas A&M was ranked #25 among Top Public Schools and #9 among Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News & World Report in 2015. College Station, TX
Texas Tech University U.S. News & World Report ranked Texas Tech tied for #84 among Top Public Schools in 2015. Lubbock, TX
University of Houston The school offers four plans to earn an M.A. in history, including a thesis track, a non-thesis track, a public history thesis track and a public history non-thesis track. Houston, TX
University of Kansas Students in the history department can take advantage of the school's close association with the U.S. Army Command located nearby at Fort Leavenworth. Lawrence, KS
University of North Texas Through the Military History Center, students have access to military history seminars, military history discussion series and an Annual Air Power Symposium. Denton, TX

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