An online Master of Arts program designed for social studies teachers

The fully-online Master of Arts with a Specialization in Teaching American History and Government (MASTAHG) offers teachers an integrated program which brings together the resources of Ohio's leading College of Education and the nation's premier liberal arts program for social studies teachers. Available as a fully-online, hybrid online/on-campus, or fully on-campus program, MASTAHG combines high-quality instruction from leading scholars with a flexible format.

Ashland's MASTAHG program is designed to prepare secondary school teachers for the challenge of teaching accelerated courses in American history and US government. The program combines the study of the people, ideas, and events that make up the American experience, with the latest theories in curriculum design and delivery.  This dual approach provides teachers with the expertise they need to effectively deliver college-level instruction at the high school level.

Courses are offered both in a traditional classroom setting at the Ashland main campus, at Ashland's regional centers, and online.  With a combination of online and on-campus study, the program may be completed in about two years.

  • Can be completed entirely online
  • Integrates the study of American history, American government, and the latest theories in curriculum design and delivery
  • Designed for the professional and curricular needs of secondary social studies teachers
  • Motivated students can go from start to finish in as few as 22 months
  • A distinguished faculty of scholars including both the full-time faculty of Ashland's Department of History and Political Science as well as visiting professors from other universities around the nation

Requires a total of 36 semester credit hours, including

  • 12 semester hour required core covering the breadth of the American experience, from the revolution to the twentieth century
  • 12 semester hour required education core
  • 12 semester hours of elective coursework in American history and government, permitting students the flexibility to customize their course of study around their personal interests or professional needs, including courses focused on historical periods and themes, the branches of government, and more
  • A qualifying examination


Per Course

Per Sem Hour

Tuition and Fees - American History and Government - Online $848 $424
Tuition and Fees - Education - Online $1710 $570

At current rates, the total cost of your MA in American History and Goverment will be around $19,000. This figure includes tuition, mandatory fees, room and board for your on-campus studies, and estimated books and materials costs.

Ashland University participates in the federal direct student loan program. Installment payment plans are available, allowing students to spread out the cost of tuition in equal payments across an entire semester. 


Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and new students may commence their studies at any of ten starting dates throughout the year: August, October, January, March, and every few weeks during the summer. To apply, please submit:

  • An application for admission
  • Original, official transcripts from each institution at which you have earned a degree at the bachelor's level or higher
  • A $30 application fee

In most cases, you can expect a decision from us within two weeks of receiving all your application materials. 

Financial Aid

Ashland University participates in the federal direct student loan program. Installment plans are available, allowing students to spread out the cost of tuition in equal payments across an entire semester. Eligible for VA educational benefits? Our Veteran's Services office can assist you with your benefit application and counseling. 

Take an On-Campus Course Tuition-Free

All new degree-seeking MASTAHG students receive a waiver of tuition for their first weeklong on-campus summer course. While on-campus study is not required in MASTAHG, our weeklong summer courses in American History and Government remain open to MASTAHG students. Many MASTAHG students find that including a few on-campus courses in their studies enriches the experience, allowing them to meet and network with their colleagues and professors. This face-to-face experience enhances the online experience. Instead of just faces on the screen, your online classmates are personal friends.

The Power of Live Online Classes

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MASTAHG's unique live web conference instructional model combines the rich interaction of a traditional classroom with the convenience of online study. In our history and government classes, you are part of a live conversation with the professor and your classmates. Each class session is a discussion of the people, events, and ideas of American history. Rather than dry lecture, our students directly engage in the debate of ideas. It's simple, but it's powerful. 

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