History- Master of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy*

For information, contact:
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of History
200 Upham Hall (513-529-5121)
*This program is not currently accepting applications for the Doctor of Philosophy.

Admission Requirements

Combined Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts Program

An undergraduate sophomore history major who has completed at least 15 semester hours of history courses (excluding Advanced Placement credits) with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.75 or above in those history courses may file a preliminary indication of interest statement for this program with the director of graduate studies. A Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test should be taken in the fall of the junior year, and formal application to the program must be made by February 1 of the same year.

Admission requirements include: GPA of 3.50 or better with 3.70 or better in the history major, completion of 116 undergraduate semester hours (or equivalent) by the beginning of fall semester of the senior year, and GRE scores above 500 in verbal and analytic sections.

An application for a graduate assistantship in the fifth year of study may be submitted when the bachelor's degree is completed.

Master of Arts

You must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 with successful completion of undergraduate history courses. You must submit scores from the GRE general test (subject test in history is optional), a statement about your field of interest and career objectives, an academic writing sample, and three letters of recommendation.

Program Requirements

Master of Arts

Thirty-six semester hours are required, with an additional two for those pursuing the thesis option. The basic curriculum includes: HST 601 Historical Methods (3), HST 602 History and Theories (3), HST 603 Research Seminar (3), four HST 670 Colloquia in History (12), HST 677 Independent Study (3), and one graduate course from another department (3).

A thesis/project or examination (non-thesis) option is offered. The thesis/project option requires that the student produce a substantial thesis or project involving original research. To prepare for the thesis or project, the student takes a Prospectus Preparation course in the first year (1), and a Thesis Preparation course in the second year (1). Nine semester hours of thesis/project credit are required, with an oral examination upon completion. The examination (non-thesis) option requires that the student take a comprehensive final examination (written and oral) in the major field in the last six weeks of the semester in which the student completes course work.

Language requirements for M.A. students are determined by their faculty advisor; hours taken for licensure in a language do not count toward a degree. An advanced course in a research-relevant language may be taken with the adviser's approval and may count as an "outside the department" colloquium for the M.A. degree.

Graduate assistants are required to enroll in HST 645 College Teaching of History Surveys (2), which is offered each year during the week before the fall semester begins; and in HST 694 Methods in History teaching (1) during each semester.

Doctor of Philosophy (Applications are not currently being accepted for this degree program; not all courses listed below are currently offered)

The major field is selected from either Origins and History of the United States or Europe Since 1500. Students also gain competency in one minor field, chosen from origins and history of the United States, Europe since 1500, gender and comparative women's history, or world and comparative history

Sixty semester hours beyond the master's degree are required. At least 30 hours must be in course work other than the dissertation (courses numbered 500 or above). Those 30 hours will include the following: at least 12 hours in the major field and nine hours in the minor field with a minimum of four Readings Colloquia among those 21 hours; HST 703 Doctoral Workshop (6 hours); and two courses in other departments (6). At least 16 hours of HST 850 Dissertation must be completed. Students who enter the Ph.D. program with master's degrees from other institutions must take HST 702 Research Seminar (3), HST 793 Historical Methods (3), and HST 794 History and Theories (3), or show evidence of completion of equivalent courses.

Graduate assistants and teaching associates are required to enroll in HST 840 College Teaching of History Surveys (2) which is offered each year during the week before the fall semester begins; and in HST 694 Methods in History Teaching (1) during each semester.

Doctoral students are required to demonstrate competence in a second language; hours taken for certification in a language do not count toward a degree.

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