Best Schools with Military History Graduate Programs: List of Schools

Jan 03, 2020

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

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Both master's and doctoral degrees are available in military history. Some schools provide the subject as a concentration within a broader history program. Three of the top schools to offer military history programs in the U.S. have been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as among the best universities in the nation. 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. Ohio State University's program emphasizes broad training in the field.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

At the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, students have access to the Military History Seminar Series. The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (UNC) was ranked by U.S. News & World Report in 2020 as the 29th best national university and tied at eleventh best among top schools to offer history programs at the graduate level in 2017. 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.

Duke University in Durham, North Carolina

Duke University's resources include one of the top scholarly libraries in the nation, which houses over six million volumes. Duke University was ranked tied for tenth in U.S. News and World Report's Best National College survey in 2020. 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.

Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio

In 2020, Ohio State University was ranked tied at #17 among top public schools by U.S. News and World Report. The Department of History offers graduate students a military history program within the human conflict, peace, and diplomacy constellation. Students get an interdisciplinary degree that combines study in history with topics such as geography, economics, psychology, and political science. They may choose to focus their studies on a particular historical period, such as modern Europe or pre-20th-century United States. The graduate history program at OSU was ranked 27th by U.S. News and World Report for 2017.

Top Military History Graduate Programs

Let's explore the military history programs available at a few of the country's other top schools.

School Name Distinction Location
George Mason University U.S. News & World Report ranked GMU tied at #44 among schools offering the best graduate history programs in 2017. Fairfax, VA
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 tied at #27 among Top Public Schools by U.S. News & World Report in 2020. College Station, TX
Texas Tech University U.S. News & World Report ranked Texas Tech tied for #105 among Top Public Schools in 2020. 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

Prospective students who want to focus their studies on military history can find relevant graduate programs at well-regarded universities across the country.

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