Online Master of Arts in World War II Studies

This program gives you the opportunity to explore one of the most devastating and far-reaching conflicts in history. Through your online courses, you’ll gain critical insight into the causes and legacy that touched every continent across the globe.

Additionally, ASU’s partnership with The National World War II Museum presents you with an incredible opportunity to learn from leading experts in World War II from both organizations.

What will I learn from an online World War II studies degree?


The coursework builds an understanding of the timeline, causes, effects and major events of World War II. In this interdisciplinary program, you’ll explore the war's evolution through the lens of diplomacy, military campaigns, economic considerations and the impact on civilians. You’ll also gain a greater understanding of how governments and political systems have evolved over time.

Our World War II studies degree covers social and cultural themes and examines how humans respond to conflict, violence and genocide. Additionally, electives highlight the interdisciplinary focus of the program as you apply knowledge of the impact of World War II through film and literature, philosophy and sites of memory.

Gain insider access to The National World War II Museum collections


As a student, you’ll have access to an extensive collection of digital resources through The National World War II Museum. This vast collection includes videos, photographs, oral histories, maps and timelines. Oral histories, film depictions, photographs and other firsthand accounts provide powerful context for deeper insight into the impact of the war on humanity.

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Master of Arts
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World War II Studies
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World War II Studies (MA)
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Are you interested in the effects and causes of World War II? Are you interested in the diplomatic, cultural and economic impacts of war? If so, Arizona State University’s online Master of Arts in World War II studies may be the perfect program for you. In this program, you’ll explore the second world war through a multitude of first-person and scholarly perspectives on the event and its geopolitical and cultural aftermath.

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Learn from World War II scholars

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.
Gain access to the WWII Museum’s array of artifacts and archives.
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Join one of the best schools for historical and social studies
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The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences takes a transdisciplinary approach to education with a vast spectrum of degrees in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. We inspire students to be socially aware, critical thinkers and global citizens.

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World War II master’s degree requirements
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Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree, in any field, from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's program. Alternatively, applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  • A personal statement.
  • Graduate admission application and application fee.
  • Letters of recommendation.
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  • Up-to-date curriculum vitae or resume.
  • Written responses to unit-developed prompts. 
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An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

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Does my master's in World War II say 'online'?
No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.
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