Update on the Gilder Lehrman Institute's online MA program


Dear Gilder Lehrman Graduate Student,

We write to update you on our progress in reorganizing the MA program with a new university partner and to give you as much information as possible as you plan your academic future.

The negotiations that were ongoing over the summer and early fall with two prospective partner universities have ended. One university did not have the administrative staff and resources to support an online program, and the other insisted on raising tuition to more than $1500 per course and we refused.

We now are negotiating with two other universities: a large private university in the Northeast, and a large state university in the West. We are very hopeful that a new, fully accredited degree program will be established with one of them in 2018, perhaps as early as the summer term. It is clear, however, that we will not be able to offer courses in the spring of 2018 and that the program will be suspended for that semester.

As we work hard to restart the program with improved offerings for our students, please note the following:

• Our top priority in the negotiations, in addition to maintaining the highest quality of courses and faculty, is to keep tuition as low as possible and to secure transfer credit for students bringing MA credits from Adams State University to the new program.

• For any of you who wish to continue your MA at Adams State University and who have already completed five or more courses (through December 2017), the Gilder Lehrman Institute will grant financial aid in order to bridge the difference in tuition.

• For those of you who prefer to suspend your coursework and wait to enroll in the new degree program that GLI is arranging to launch, we will grant every continuing GLI student priority in enrolling in each course as soon as registration opens.

• Among the courses we have already secured faculty to offer when the program resumes are "Women of the American Revolution" (Prof. Carol Berkin), "Origins of the Civil War" (Prof. James Oakes), and "America During World War II" (Prof. Michael Neiberg). Many more new courses are in the planning stages and will be announced soon.

We are grateful for your patience and understanding, and we are committed to re-launching the program as soon as possible. Please contact us if you have any questions.


With best wishes always,


Josh Burnett, Program Manager                           James G. Basker, President
[email protected]


Official communications from Adams State University and the Gilder Lehrman Institute regarding termination of their partnership

Can I transfer my credits elsewhere?

If I am enrolled at ASU and taking Gilder Lehrman courses, will I need to re-enroll in order to take ASU’s courses?

If I enroll in ASU courses, what will the tuition be?

Will the Gilder Lehrman Institute continue to offer graduate online courses?

I’ve completed all my courses and am working on my thesis. Will I be affected by this?


What is the workload for courses?

Are lectures available to view at any time?


What platform are Adams State courses on?

Do I need to be tech-savvy in order to take a Gilder Lehrman online course?

What sort of computer do I need in order to participate in the live sessions? Do I need speakers? Can I use an iPad?

What does each course cost?

Do you offer scholarships or any other financial aid?

What if I decide to withdraw? Can I get a refund of my registration fee?

Can I earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Points (PDPs)?


May I join a Gilder Lehrman online course as a high school student or undergraduate college student?

Do you have questions not answered here? Email us at [email protected].