May 22, 2022  
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2019-20 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2019-20 [Archived Catalog]

History - MA

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Degree Title and Name:  Master of Arts in History

Program Name and Number:  History – MA4215

Department/Unit:  History

Delivery Mode:  Athens Campus

Term(s) of Entry:  Fall

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

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • 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)

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.

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Graduation Requirements:  

Thesis Option

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

Non-Thesis Option

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

Culminating Experience:

  • Thesis, or
  • Exam

Admission Requirements:

  • GRE scores
  • Bachelors degree from an accredited university
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Transcripts
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample
  • TOEFL of 110+ (for non-native English speakers)

International Students: This program permits full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 may be issued based on admission to this program.

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