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Military History (M.A.) with optional Security Studies Certificate

Program Details

According to the Department of Philosophy and History, the study of history helps improve the ability to think strategically and analytically, regardless of profession or background. The Master of Arts in Military History Degree program is offered by Austin Peay University with an optional Certificate in Security Studies. This program is intended for students of any major with an interest in military history or strategy.

In this program, degree candidates will study aspects of culture, religious beliefs, and tactics from various civilizations, all the way from the classic world to the modern era. The program offers both a thesis and non-thesis track to students, depending on their intent after graduation. The non-thesis option is generally for students seeking immediate employment, while the thesis option is more for those seeking doctoral study.

To successfully complete this program and earn the Master of Arts in Military History, those enrolled must earn a total of 36 credits of coursework. Students pursuing the thesis option take 10 three-credit courses and the remaining six hours come from a Thesis Research class. In the curriculum, there are three required courses: Research Methods, Military Historiography and Criticism, and Philosophical Perspectives on War and Justice: War and Ethics. These introductory courses are intended to give students a background in the research and modes of writing history, the relationship of military and society, and historical ethical reflection.

The remaining 27 credits come from courses chosen by the student and the thesis, if selected. The courses students choose may relate to a certain period of time or aspect of military history that is relevant to their experiences and goals. Possible courses include the Cold War, Unconventional Warfare in History, Islam as a World View, Warfare in the Classical World, and Navies and Empires, 1900 – Present.


  • Application and 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

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Austin Peay State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and education specialist degrees.