MA in History & Government (Online & On-Campus)
Fuel your career with both a purposeful and a flexible curriculum in history and government
The online Master of Arts in History and Government is a joint program offered by History and Political Science departments to provide a broad foundation in both fields.
The program offers flexible schedule opportunities to working professionals in the areas of government and education. The students can fuel their careers with a purposeful yet flexible curriculum.
Meet Your Needs with a Fast and Flexible Program
Generally, the program takes two years to complete but could be completed faster if the student is full-time and takes courses year-round.
Up to 12 hours of credit can be transferred in from another institution.
Rigorous Curriculum Offered by a Distinguished University
UNO is one of 88 institutions of higher education nationally classified as a doctoral/research university, according to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching out of the 4,000 academic institutions it categorizes.
UNO received a first-tier regional best ranking in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 edition of America’s Best Colleges. UNO ranked18th among public master’s institutions in the Midwest region.
Competitively Priced Accessibility
Competitively priced tuition from a convenient, accessible location – your computer.
Courses are taught entirely online. It is very rare for our courses to have specific times you are required to be online. In other words, you pick the times and locations that are most convenient for you.
The program is available for both on-campus and online students.
While we offer on-campus courses for interested students, the program can be completed fully at a distance. Courses are asynchronous, meaning students and instructors may access the content at any time and do not have to be connected to the internet at the same time.
All online courses are accessed via the Internet and use a learning management system. All online students will need to have basic recommended technology requirements. high-speed internet is required.
To be successful, students taking online classes should be reasonably comfortable using a computer and the internet.
- This is a 36-credit-hour degree program that offers education in the classics of history and political science disciplines and individualized attention to each student's particular area of interest.
- All students will be exposed to a broad foundation of History and Political Science, taking seminars in Historical Methodology, Themes in Global History, Themes in US History, American Government and Politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Constitutional Law, Foreign and Security Policy, and Political Theory.
- The elective courses are chosen by the student in consultation with the graduate advisor to create a program of study in which students may pursue approved courses in history and political science.
History Required Seminars
HIST 8030 Graduate Historical Methodology (3 Credit Hours)
HIST 9200 Colloquim - Themes in Global History (3 Credit Hours)
HIST 9200 Colloquim - Themes in US History (3 Credit Hours)
History Electives Selected from any other HIST Graduate Courses (9 credit hours)
Political Science Required Seminars
Select two of the following courses (6 credits)
PSCI 8040 Seminar in American Government and Politics
PSCI 8250 Seminar in International Relations
PSCI 8300 Seminar in Political Theory
PSCI 8500 Seminar in Comparative Politics
Political Science Electives Selected from any other PSCI Graduate Courses (12 credit hours)
Our faculty have received some of the highest honors for teaching excellence. We are also among the nation’s leaders in our research specializations; our work is published by the best academic presses or top-tier journals in the field.
Mark Celinscak (History) - Faculty Excellence in Engagement Award
Carson Holloway (Political Science) – College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award, Ralph Wardlee Diamond Professor of Arts and Sciences
Ramazan Kilinc (Political Science) - University of Nebraska systemwide Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award, UNO Excellence in Teaching Award, College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Research Award, College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award
Jody Neathery-Castro (Political Science) - College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Service Award, College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award, Omicron Delta Kappa member, UNO Excellence in Teaching Award, Outstanding Faculty in Service Learning Award
Lana Obradovic (Political Science) - Faculty Excellence in Engagement Award
Martina Saltamacchia (History) - College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award
Tenured/Tenure Track Graduate Faculty with World-Class Research Productivity
Unlike many other online programs, our graduate faculty are tenured/tenured-track, physically located on the UNO Campus, and are published in their respective areas of expertise.
Sample of recent faculty publications:
Randall E. Adkins (Political Science), The Evolution of Political Parties, Campaigns, and Elections: Landmark Documents (CQ Press, 2009)
Danielle Battisti (History), Whom We Shall Welcome: Italian Americans and Immigration Reform, (Fordham University Press, 2019)
Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado (Political Science), Power to the People: Energy and the Cuban Nuclear Program, (Routledge, 2000)
Mark Celinscak (History), Distance from the Belsen Heap: Allied Forces and the Liberation of a Nazi Concentration Camp, (University of Toronto Press, 2015)
Elizabeth Chalecki (Political Science), Environmental Security: A Guide to the Issues. 2013. (Praeger, 2013).
John Grigg (History), The Lives of David Brainerd: The Making of an American Evangelical Icon (Oxford University Press, 2009)
Carson Holloway (Political Science), Hamilton versus Jefferson in the Washington Administration: Completing the Founding or Betraying the Founding? (Cambridge University Press, 2015)
Ramazan Kılınç (Political Science), Alien Citizens: The State and Religious Minorities in Turkey and France (Cambridge University Press, 2019)
Charles King (History), The Ancient Roman Afterlife: Di Manes, Belief & the Cult of the Dead, (University of Texas Press, 2020)
Brett Kyle (Political Science), Recycling Dictators in Latin American Elections: Legacies of Military Rule (Lynne Rienner, 2016)
Lana Obradovic (Political Science), Gender Integration in NATO Military Forces: Cross-national Analysis (Ashgate, 2014)
Mark Scherer (History), Echo of Its Time: The History of the Federal District Court of Nebraska, 1867-1933 (University of Nebraska Press, 2019)
Dennis J. Smith (History), The History of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, Montana, 1800-2000 (Montana Historical Society Press, 2008)
Sharon E. Wood (History), The Freedom of the Streets: Work, Citizenship, and Sexuality in a Gilded Age City, (University of North Carolina Press, 2005)
Guidelines for Admittance
- Application and fee (http://apply.unomaha.edu)
- Two Letters of recommendation
- Bachelor's degree (15 hours ofPSCII preferred) and official copy of all transcripts
- Letter of Intent
- An academic writing sample (at least five pages in length). For alternative writing assignments, please contact the academic counselor.
- Two professional and/or academic references that can vouch for your capability in pursuing graduate work.
- International students: TOEFL internet-based score of 80 with no sub-score under 15 (or equivalent scores from other approved English language tests)
*Promising students lacking history or political science backgrounds may be admitted provisionally.
Tuition for distance education courses in other subject areas, or offered by other colleges may be different. For more information visit the UNO Student Accounts page.