Master of Humanities: Online and Campus-Based Programs

Learn about the courses, requirements and delivery methods for a master of humanities program. Discover specializations available in humanities, and explore careers you can pursue with this degree. Schools offering Interdisciplinary Studies degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Can I Expect in a Master of Humanities Program?

Some schools will allow you to choose a specialization within a humanities program, like classical languages, creative writing or education. You will be required to complete a master's project and essay, or a thesis, depending on your school's requirements. Popular courses in humanities programs include study of specific periods in the history of a particular region or studies of themes in literature. You could take courses in philosophy, religion or music.

Online DegreesAvailable on campus and online
Common CoursesHistory of specific periods and regions, philosophy, religion, music
SpecializationsClassical languages, creative writing, education
Career OptionsTeaching, financial analyst, law (after passing bar exam and obtaining a license
Median Salary (2018)$120,910 (Lawyers)
Job Outlook (2016-2026)8% growth (Lawyers)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

How Can I Complete This Program At a Distance?

The Master of Humanities is most commonly available in an on campus format, although there are schools that offer the program online or through correspondence. You will take the same classes as students in campus programs, but there is more flexibility in accessing your materials. To participate in an online program, one must have a working computer, valid e-mail address, and some instructors may use an instant message program for means of communication. Schools commonly use an online discussion board to share information.

A correspondence program would include delivery of materials through the mail and require use of a VCR or DVD player. You must pick an area of emphasis and may have the option of completing a thesis or creating a creative project. To complete this course of study through correspondence, you would be required to purchase textbooks and other materials.

What Can I Do With This Degree?

If your goal is to teach, you may find that a Master of Humanities program will allow you to gain certification to teach, although not all schools offer this option. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that most colleges and universities require post-secondary teachers to have a doctoral degree, although individuals with a master's degree may be able to find work in 2-year colleges (

With your master's degree, you could work as a financial analyst. Some financial analysts work with the companies that buy securities, and others work with the organizations and institutions that sell bonds, according to the BLS. You would be responsible for consulting with business owners about their investments and financial documents. You would also assess the performance of bonds over time in order to make recommendations to your clients.

With further study at a law school, you could prepare to become a lawyer. To be able to practice law, you would have to pass the Bar exam and gain licensure. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that there is an expected increase of in hiring lawyers from 2016-2026.

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