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Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2017-19 
Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2017-19 [Archived Catalog]

History - MA

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Degree Title:  Master of Arts

Program Name and Number:  History - MA4215

Department/Unit:  History

Delivery Mode:  Athens Campus

Terms of Entry: [Fall]

Program Mission:  The M. A. program in History provides advanced training in historical research and writing.

Program Learning Objectives:

  • Advanced understanding of a concentrated body of historical knowledge and historiography
  • Advanced understanding of historical research techniques
  • Development of advanced writing skills (in preparation for doctoral study or professional writing)

Program Overview:  M. A. students in History specialize in a major and a minor field of historical study.  Each field is drawn from within one of three broadly defined geographical areas of concentration (listed below).  Fields are defined by either national, regional, or thematic focus (including cultural and intellectual history, international relations and military history, politics and policy history, and women’s and gender history). 


  • United States
  • Europe
  • Non-Western World

Opportunities for Graduates:   The M. A. program prepares students for doctoral study in History, research positions in government or private organizations, and a variety of other careers.

Link to Program:  http://www.ohio.edu/cas/history/index.cfm

Link to Program Handbook:  http://www.ohio.edu/cas/history/grad/upload/Graduate-Handbook.pdf

Graduation Requirements:

Thesis Option

  • 28 semester hours of courses (exclusive of thesis hours)
  • Thesis
  • Oral Defense of Thesis
  • 2 years expected time to completion

Non-Thesis Option

  • 32 semester hours of courses
  • Comprehensive Exam (written)
  • 2 years expected time to completion

Culminating Experience:

  • Exam (non-thesis option), or
  • Thesis

Admission Requirements:

  • GRE scores
  • Transcripts
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample
  • TOEFL of 110+ (for non-native English speakers)

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