2018 Best Schools for a Master's in History

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These eight schools offering a master's in history stand out from the rest this year when it comes to student reviews. Yale University holds the #1 spot with a high student rating of 96.67, followed closely by Princeton which earned a score of 95.34. These schools have annual tuitions on the higher end for this list--$38,700 for Yale and $45,350 for Princeton--while other colleges, like the University of North Texas, with a respectable rating of 81.67 and an 83% recommendation rate, offer more affordable tuitions. University of North Florida is another affordable option, costing only $10,367 for in-state tuition.

Students from The University of Southern California, which came in at #3 on our list, boast about the programs intimate class size and dedicated professors. As one student commented, "The history program at USC is blessed by a wonderfully supportive faculty, who are very accessible both in the very small class sizes and outside of class through office hours and appointments." Another student echoed these sentiments, stating, "Overall SC has been a great experience. Quality and accessible faculty, competitive stipend and aid packages, central location to many academic and cultural networks, institutions, and resources. For my interests and needs, few places could compete with USC and the Los Angeles region." Click on the universities below to learn more about them and hear what other students had to say.

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Rank College Campus Location 2018 Student Score
#1 #1 Yale University Campus Location New Haven (CT) 2018 Student Score 96.67
#2 #2 Princeton University Campus Location Princeton (NJ) 2018 Student Score 95.34
#3 #3 University of Southern California Campus Location Los Angeles (CA) 2018 Student Score 90.67
#4 #4 California State University-Northridge Campus Location Northridge (CA) 2018 Student Score 88.24
#5 #5 Columbia University in the City of New York Campus Location New York (NY) 2018 Student Score 87.89
#6 #6 University of North Florida Campus Location Jacksonville (FL) 2018 Student Score 85.40
#7 #7 University of Wisconsin - Madison Campus Location Madison (WI) 2018 Student Score 85.00
#8 #8 University of North Texas Campus Location Denton (TX) 2018 Student Score 81.67


Our goal in presenting this school data is to create a standardized and trustworthy method to assess institutions based on reliable statistics. In order for a school to be eligible to be featured on a 2018 Top Programs List, at least five students from that particular degree program must have submitted feedback on their institution. Graduate Programs only considers regionally or nationally accredited, non-profit institutions for our rankings. Aggregated student rating values were multiplied by 20 to create a Student Score out of 100; in the event of a tie, schools were awarded the same rank value.

Together with our internal recommend rate data, which is calculated based on tens of thousands of student reviews submitted to our site, the data used in the school listings were gathered in 2016-2017 from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This site is the primary governmental entity for gathering and presenting data related to education. NCES data is updated annually. However, in many cases the most recently available data will not be for the current academic year. Additionally, tuition rates may vary by program, so prospective students should contact a representative from their institution of choice for more details.

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