These innovative courses blend a traditional liberal arts environment with features that can only be found online, combining first-rate scholars and small class sizes with virtual field trips, interactive discussions, and the extensive use of digital history tools.
In addition to providing a top-notch education, Gilder Lehrman and Adams State are committed to offering a program that fits your schedule as well as your budget: participants can take as many years as they need to complete the program and, at a cost of $600 per course, enrollees can earn an M.A. in American History for under $6, 000! For more information about current and forthcoming courses, visit
Complete Your Master’s in Three Steps
- Enroll in the M.A. program through a free application with Adams State when you sign up for your first online course.
- Complete nine Gilder Lehrman online courses or eight online courses plus one Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar. Online graduate courses will be offered each spring, summer, and fall, and Teacher Seminars run weekly from late June through August.
- Write a thesis and defend it on the Adams State campus in southwest Colorado.
Scholarships for Affiliate School Teachers
One scholarship per course will be offered each year to a Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School teacher. Find out more about scholarship opportunities at Online Course FAQs and learn more about the Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School program here.
How do I enroll?
To enroll in the M.A. in American History, simply register for one of our online graduate courses. You will find links to descriptions of current course offerings at
Is there an application fee? What are the requirements for enrolling?
There is no application fee.
The principal prerequisite is that participants currently hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university. Asserting that you have earned a bachelor’s degree is part of the process of signing up for each of our courses.
Beyond that, the program is open—and designed for K-12 teachers, museum educators, park service rangers, and other history professionals to obtain graduate credentials at a reasonable cost, at their own pace.
What if I want to take an online course, but not pursue the M.A.?
You are quite welcome to enroll in a single course, or several, and not pursue the degree. While you will be automatically enrolled in the M.A. program upon registering for one of our online courses, you will be removed from the program after five years of inactivity. The credits earned are permanently valid, but if you do not pursue the degree, there will be no negative mark on your academic record.