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M.A. in Military History with Optional Security Studies Certificate

This degree may be completed online or on campus.

College of Arts and Letters
Department of History and Philosophy
Dr. David Snyder, Program Coordinator
Location: Harned Hall, Room 328
Phone: (931) 221-7923

No matter what your profession, the study of history will improve your ability to think strategically and analytically. From the classical world to current warfare, you will have the opportunity to examine aspects of military history ranging from culture and religious beliefs to tactics and diplomacy.

Admission Requirements

  • Application for admission
  • $45 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (Minimum 2.75 Undergraduate GPA)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official acceptable GRE scores (Verbal: 143, Quantitative: 140, Writing: 4.0)
  • 1500 word writing sample
  • Personal statement
  • Military documents, if applicable

***All Documents should be sent directly to Graduate Admissions.***

Graduate Admissions
Austin Peay State University
Kimbrough, Room 203
P.O. Box 4458
Clarksville TN 37044
Toll Free: (800) 859-4723
Office: (931) 221-7662
Fax: (931) 221-7641

Austin Peay State University’s Department of History and Philosophy reserves the right to deny admissions to prospective graduate students on the basis of their academic performance, professional qualifications, and personal conduct.


Courses for Completion of Degree (36 Hours)

The Master of Arts in Military History is open to students with a bachelor's degree in ANY field. The program offers a thesis and non-thesis track, with all students completing 36 hours of coursework. Students who choose to write a thesis will complete 10 courses (30 credit hours) and earn the remaining six credit hours through HIST 5024, “Thesis Research.”

Students who wish to earn a graduate Certificate in Security Studies should complete four of the following security studies courses: HIST 5009, HIST 5010, HIST 5016, HIST 5017, HIST 5019, and HIST 5022.

Note: Beginning Fall Semester 2015, HIST 5001 must be taken the first fall semester in which the student is enrolled.

2013 - 2017 Schedule of Course Offerings

Admission to Candidacy/Program of Study Form

Required CoursesCredits
HIST 5001Research Methods3
HIST 5025Military Historiography and Criticism3
HIST 5015Philosophical Perspectives on War and 
Justice: War and Ethics
Elective Courses (Choose 9)
HIST 5002Warfare in the Classical World3
HIST 5003The Military Revolution and the State3
HIST 5004War of American Independence, 1775-17833
HIST 5005The U.S. Civil War3
HIST 5006The U.S. Army and the Settlement of the West3
HIST 5007World War I3
HIST 5008World War II3
HIST 5009Cold War I, 1945-19603
HIST 5010Cold War II, 1960-19913
HIST 5011Cold War Political-Diplomatic Issues3
HIST 5012German Military History3
HIST 5013Navies and Empires, 1900-Present3
HIST 5014U.S. Military and American Society3
HIST 5016The Battle for God: Jihad, Herem and Other Theologies of War and Peace3
HIST 5017The Military in Nontraditional Roles3
HIST 5018Special Operations Perspectives3
HIST 5019Unconventional Warfare in History3
HIST 5021Islam as a World View3
HIST 5022American Foreign Policy in the 20th Century3
HIST 5023Directed Independent Readings3
HIST 5024Thesis Research3
HIST 5026European Military History3
HIST 5027American Military History to 19193
HIST 5028American Military History since 19193
HIST 5030Thesis Research6
HIST 5031The Samurai Tradition in Japanese History3
HIST 5032Medieval Warfare3
HIST 5033History of Airpower3
HIST 5034The Economy and Modern Warfare3
HIST 5037The Vietnam War3
HIST 5038The Grand Strategy of the Russian Empire3
HIST 5040Early American Historiography to 18653
HIST 5041American Historiography since 18653
HIST 5991Research Requirement Completion1