Program Overview

Union Institute & University (UIU) strives to “provide innovative higher education alternatives to working professionals.” The school’s variety of online degree programs enables working professionals to earn their undergraduate or graduate degree in a very convenient manner. One of the school’s many graduate-level programs is the Master of Arts in History and Culture (MAHC).

UIU’s MAHC program guides students through three levels of learning: understanding the field, gaining core knowledge, and becoming a field practitioner. The program places a heavy emphasis on the intersection of theory and practice, meaning that students will connect what they learn with its real-life application or impact. The program is a great fit for persons looking to gain career advancement opportunities, build a foundation for future education and research (particularly in the form of a doctoral degree), or want to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of a particular topic for the simple sake of learning.

The individualized nature of the program enables students to choose a field and particular topic of interest to them. The program hinges on its thesis requirement, where students will take an in-depth look at a particular topic and generate a paper that demonstrates core understanding of the program’s guiding principles. Because History and Culture is comprised of many disciplines, students have a wide range of categories, such as religious studies, anthropology, women’s studies, and more, from which to select their specific research topic.

All program participants are required to complete 36 credits of coursework to earn their degree. Of those 36, 12 credits will be the Master in Arts’ core classes of Elements of Scholarship, Research Methods, and Disciplinary Foundations, and 15 credits are comprised of application and field study courses, while the remaining 9consist of the culminating thesis research project. All degree requirements can be completed online.

The program requires students to have obtained a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution before joining the program. Persons interested in learning more are encouraged to contact UIU program faculty.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Union Institute & University is a private non-profit institution that was founded in 1964. The main campus of UI&U is located in Cincinnati, Ohio, and other campus locations are in Brattleboro, Vermont, Montpelier, Vermont, Sacramento, California, Los Angeles, California, and North Miami Beach, Florida. Union was founded when a group of liberal arts colleges joined to form a consortium of institutions that were experimenting with alternative education in the 1960s, known as The Union for Research and Experimentation in Higher Education. In 2001, The Union Institute became Union Institute and University after having added a graduate school and developed programs for non-traditional students.

    Union offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, and students have a choice to participate in these programs through online courses, hybrid programs, or face-to-face instruction.


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