The Master's Program in History at Miami University prepares students to become professional historians in a wide range of fields. It is deliberately selective and flexible. Our excellent faculty provide students with rigorous training in the historian’s skills, historiography, and theoretical reflection, while encouraging them to develop and pursue their own interests. Students become part of a dynamic intellectual community, within the department and beyond. Thus they benefit from opportunities offered by the Humanities Center, the Havighurst Center for Russian & Post-Soviet Studies, interdisciplinary programs such as American Studies and Women’s Studies, our overseas language programs, and strong humanities departments. We are proud that our program is ranked by US News and World Report as one of the top 100 graduate programs in History in the country.
We have developed an expanded curriculum that we introduced in 2015-16. Our aim is to meet the demands of, on the one hand, students looking for a "traditional" academic training and, on the other, those seeking to enter directly into the job market after graduation or into programs in other disciplines (e.g., Library Science, Museum Studies). We are particularly proud of the introduction of a new set of three-course modules. These modules are offered by the History Department together with several programs outside of History. They are designed to provide students with skill sets appropriate to a range of academic and professional options once they complete the Master's degree.
The modules are as follows:
- Geographic Information Systems: GEO 541 Introduction to GIS; GEO 542 Advanced GIS; and one elective chosen from GEO 543 Python Programming for ArcGIS, GEO 548 Remote Sensing, GEO 444 GiSci Techniques in Landscape Ecology, GEO 547 Aerial Photo Interpretation.
- Gerontology: GTY 608 The Logic of Inquiry; GTY 609 Qualitative Research Methods; and one elective chosen from GTY 611 Linking Research and Practice, GTY 641 Organizations and the Aging Enterprise, GTY 667 Policy and Politics of Aging, GTY 708 Quantitative Methods and Statistics.
- Interactive Media Studies: IMS 510 Digital Development Methods, ENG/IMS 511 Visual Rhetoric, and one elective.
- History Module: HST 670 Colloquium, one elective, and one additional HST 677 Independent study.
Our students are also trained to be educators. Most receive funding through teaching assistantships, while others take advantage of assistantships or internships elsewhere in the university. We take pride in offering our assistants extensive pedagogical preparation and guidance, and introducing them to Miami’s engaged teaching culture. Our graduates have gone on to competitive doctoral programs and to academic positions around the country; or they have entered careers in teaching, public history, library science, and university administration.