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OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2020-21 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2020-21 [Archived Catalog]

History - MA

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Master of Arts in History

History – MA4215

History Department
Bentley Annex 452
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701

Delivery Mode: Athens Campus

Term 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.

Further Information

Link to Program: https://www.ohio.edu/cas/history/graduate/master

Link to Program Handbook: https://www.ohio.edu/cas/history-graduate-handbook

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.

Graduation Requirements

All courses must be at the 5000-level or higher and approved to fulfill the relevant requirements by the Director of Graduate Studies. Complete a minimum of 32 credit hours as follows:

Major and Minor Fields

All History M.A. students must complete a minimum of three courses in a major field.

Thesis track students must complete a minimum of two courses in a second (minor) field. Non-thesis track students must complete a minimum of three courses in a second field.

For both major and minor requirements, students may choose from the following fields: United States, Modern Europe, Early Modern Europe, Ancient and Medieval Europe, Middle East, Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia.

Methods Courses

All History M.A. student must complete at least one research seminar and at least one course in historiography.

Culminating Experience

Thesis track: a minimum of 4 thesis hours plus and successful completion and oral defense of a thesis.

Non-thesis track: successful completion of written comprehensive exams.

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