Take Your First Course at No Charge

Not sure if MAHG is for you? There's no better way to find out that to give it a try. New degree-seeking students are elibigle to take their first Weeklong Summer course at our Ashland, Ohio campus tuition-free. Learn more.

Faculty Spotlight


Jeremy D. Bailey is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Houston, where he holds a dual appointment in Honors and Political Science.

Bailey’s research interests include executive power, the presidency, and American political thought and development. He is the author of Thomas Jefferson and Executive Power (Cambridge University Press 2007) and coauthor of The Contested Removal Power, 1789-2013 (University Press of Kansas 2013). His articles have been published in American Political Science Review, Review of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and Publius:The Journal of Federalism. Bailey is now working on a series of coauthored articles on unilateral orders, and a book on James Madison and the problem of constitutional imperfection.

Bailey received his B.A. from Rhodes College and his Ph.D. from Boston College, where his dissertation was the 2004 co-winner of the APSA' s E. E. Schattschneider Prize for best dissertation in American politics. He joined the University of Houston in 2007.

Why a Master's in American History and Government from Ashland?

There’s no doubt that higher education can be costly. Compared to many other options, the master's programs in American History and Government at Ashland University offer a high-quality yet affordable alternative to your local university and other online schools. As you research graduate programs, you may find that there are institutions that promise a lower tuition rate or greater flexibility than Ashland. When comparing Ashland to other master's programs in American history or government, make sure you consider what you get for your tuition dollar.

Fully Online, Hybrid, and Summer Options

Can you combine the experience of a traditional residential program with the convenience of an online program?

With our new Master of Arts with a Specialization in Teaching American History and Government (MASTAHG), you don't have to choose between a fully-online program or a fully on-campus program. Want a fully online program in which you never have to travel to campus? You can do that with Ashland's MASTAHG. Want to add to your experience with our renowned weeklong summer courses? You can do that, too.

Faculty Scholarship

Will you learn from noted scholars who are tenured faculty from institutions around the nation?

Only Ashland offers the opportunity to study under a faculty of tenured professors from universities like Boston College, Pepperdine University, Skidmore College, Hillsdale College, Villanova University, Washington and Lee University, the University of Dallas, and more. No other master's program in history or government offers such an array of scholarship.

Attentive Student Service

Is there a single dedicated administrative and advisory staff that will guide you from your first inquiry about the program all the way through graduation?

In Ashland's MA programs, you won’t be handed off from one department to the next as you work toward your degree. Whether by phone, email, or in person, you will work with the same dedicated staff from start to finish. There's no need to wonder who to call to get an answer to your questions. The same people who greeted you for the first time will be there to congratulate you as you receive your degree.

An Academic Community

Will you be part of a scholarly community of faculty and students who share your passion for the people, events, and ideas that make up the American experience?

Unlike your local university, MAHG attracts students from across the country. Whether it’s one of our live online courses or our weeklong summer courses at our Ashland, Ohio campus, you will meet and learn from peers from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Our students find the opportunities for networking with colleagues as valuable as the topics they study.

The Personal Touch

Will you just be a number or a face in the crowd? Or, will you be known by name to your professor and peers?

If you have taken an online course in the past, have you wondered how many other students were vying for the attention of the instructor? Did you get to know your professor? More importantly, did the professor get to know you?

In our live online courses, all participants can see and hear each other in real time. A genuine conversation and exchange of ideas takes place just like in our traditional summer courses.  Have a question? Ask it and get an immediate answer. Have something to add to the conversation? Make your contribution immediately.

Helping You Get Started

Is fellowship aid available and will the program help you find outside financial assistance other than student loans?

Perhaps the most important question to consider is: Will the program help you get find fellowship aid that you don’t have to pay back?

Most institutions will just offer you a loan. At Ashland, we will help you get started immediately by letting you take your first on-campus summer course tuition-free. Go ahead and try it. There’s no obligation on your part. You aren’t expected to pay us back if you don’t finish the degree. Each year after that, you may apply for additional fellowships — generally awards of $500 to $750 — to help offset the cost of summer travel to Ashland.

If you are considering an outside fellowship like the James Madison Memorial Fellowship, we’ll even help you refine your application essays.

A Rich Tradition

Are they a regionally accredited non-profit institution with a tradition that dates back more than 130 years?

Founded in 1878, Ashland University is a private, non-profit comprehensive university that is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Our focus is on our educational mission, not the corporate bottom line.

Scholarship. Flexibility. Support. When you add it all up, you will find that Ashland MAHG provides the rich, high-quality experience you want, and the affordable price and flexible schedule you need.