2017 Top Schools for a Master's in History

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These 18 schools offering master's degrees in history have made this list because they received high ratings from current and former students. Some well-known and prestigious universities like Yale University and Princeton University made the list. There are also several public, and perhaps less well-known schools on our list that also offer high-quality master's degrees in history. For instance, the University of North Texas has an annual tuition of $14,185 a year and a Student Score of 81.07.

In the number one spot is Rice University, which has an impressive Student Score of 85.43, with 100% of respondents saying they would recommend the school. One reviewer commented on the personalized nature of the program, saying, “The program is highly flexible, designed so that each students gets what he or she wants out of the courses.” Other students echoed these sentiments, with one stating, “Rice offers a supportive yet academically challenging environment,” and going on to add that the program, “provides great funding opportunities, and has excellent, friendly faculty.” Click on the colleges listed below to find out more about the top-ranked schools offering master's degrees in history.

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Rank College Campus Location 2017 Student Score
#1 #1 Rice University Campus Location Houston (TX) 2017 Student Score 85.43
#2 #2 University of North Florida Campus Location Jacksonville (FL) 2017 Student Score 85.00
#3 #3 Princeton University Campus Location Princeton (NJ) 2017 Student Score 84.91
#4 #4 Yale University Campus Location New Haven (CT) 2017 Student Score 84.49
#5 #5 University of Southern California Campus Location Los Angeles (CA) 2017 Student Score 84.14
#6 #6 George Mason University Campus Location Fairfax (VA) 2017 Student Score 81.86
#7 #7 University at Buffalo Campus Location Buffalo (NY) 2017 Student Score 81.71
#8 #8 University of North Texas Campus Location Denton (TX) 2017 Student Score 81.07
#9 #9 University of Kansas Campus Location Lawrence (KS) 2017 Student Score 79.39
#10 #10 University of Wisconsin - Madison Campus Location Madison (WI) 2017 Student Score 79.00
#11 #11 Northwestern University Campus Location Evanston (IL) 2017 Student Score 78.25
#12 #12 Ohio State University-Main Campus Campus Location Columbus (and 2 others) 2017 Student Score 77.43
#13 #13 University of Illinois at Chicago Campus Location Chicago (IL) 2017 Student Score 76.86
#14 #14 CUNY City College Campus Location New York (NY) 2017 Student Score 76.55
#15 #15 California State University-Fullerton Campus Location Fullerton (CA) 2017 Student Score 75.80
#16 #16 American University Campus Location Washington (DC) 2017 Student Score 75.15
#17 #17 University of Chicago Campus Location Chicago (IL) 2017 Student Score 71.00
#18 #18 Boston College Campus Location Chestnut Hill (MA) 2017 Student Score 65.24


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 2017 Top Programs List, at least five students from that particular major 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 your institution of choice for more details.

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