Handbook of Graduate Studies in History


Part I:  The Academic Program
The Master of Arts in History

MA Requirements
Faculty Advisor
Thesis/Project Option
Examination Option
Combined BA/MA Program
Typical MA Student's Schedule
Core Course Descriptions

Part II:  Procedures

Graduate Admission
University Deadlines and Time-to-Degree
Graduate Credit Hours and Grade Standard

Part III:  Assistantships and Other Sources of Funding

Graduate Assistantships

Awards and Duties
Credit Hour, Work Hour, and Enrollment Requirements and Limits
Guidelines for Graduate Students on Stipend
Overload Employment

Additional Funding Available to Graduate Students

Part IV:  Administration

Graduate Studies Committee
The Graduate Faculty


The Department of History at Miami University provides graduate training leading to the Master of Arts (MA).  The Handbook of Graduate Studies in History describes the rules, procedures, and standards of the department and the Graduate School and is intended for the use of both students and their advisers.  It supplements but does not supplant the Graduate School's guidebooks:  The Miami Bulletin, Graduate Edition and A Handbook for Graduate Students and Faculty, which have precedence over this Handbook.  The Graduate School's Handbook is published annually and contains the latest changes in academic regulations and policies affecting graduate education at Miami.  The department's Handbook should answer most questions about its graduate programs, but students nad faculty should not hesitate to ask for clarification and information from the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) and other members of the Graduate Studies Committee (GSC).

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