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Master of Arts in History

The Master of Arts in History program offers advanced training in American, African, Middle Eastern, Asian, European, and Latin American history. The program encourages students to take courses in a range of geographic and temporal areas while allowing them the flexibility to focus on subjects that interest them. It strives to provide students not just historical content but also the ability to recognize and analyze themes and patterns across the historical landscape.

Close student and faculty contact is encouraged through a combination of lecture-discussion courses and research and reading seminars that are designed to broaden and deepen the students' historical knowledge and provide training in history as a scholarly discipline. Students can opt for a thesis track or a non-thesis track. 

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Department of History
Phone: 216.687.3920
k.givhan@csuohio.edu

 

Admission Requirements

  • Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • Undergraduate Transcripts
    • Minimum 2.75 Undergraduate GPA - if GPA is less than 2.75 GRE test scores are required. 
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • From professors of advanced undergraduate history courses.
  • History Research Paper Example 
    • Up to 20 pages. 

-International students are required to have met at least one of the following English language proficiency requirements:

  • TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based): 78 (including at least 20 in reading, 21 in listening, 17 in writing, and 20 in speaking)
  • TOEFL PBT (Paper-Based): 550
  • IELTS: 6.0 and at least 5.0 in each section
  • PTE (Pearson’s Test of English): 50
  • iTEP: 5.0

Admission Deadlines

All applications must be submitted and complete on the following application deadline dates:

  • Domestic Students
    • Rolling
  • International Students
    • Fall Semester – May 15th
    • Spring Semester – October 15h
    • Summer Semester – March 15th

 

Program Requirements

A minimum of 24 credit hours in 600-level courses, which must include: 

  • HIS 601 - Introduction to Graduate Study in History
  • HIS 695 - Research Seminar in American, European, or Social History
  • A minimum of four 600-level reading seminars (12 credits).
  • HIS 699 - Thesis *
  • *Students are required to take 6 credits of HIS 699 - Thesis and will enroll in the course twice.

The remaining 6 credit hours may be taken at the 500 level. 

 

A minimum of 18 credit hours in 600-level courses, which must include: 

  • HIS 601 - Introduction to Graduate Study in History
  • HIS 695 - Research Seminar in American, European, or Social History
  • A minimum of four 600-level reading seminars (12 credits).

The remaining 12 credit hours may be taken at the 500 level. 

The History Department, in cooperation with the Art Department and the Levin College of Urban Affairs, offers an interdisciplinary program that leads to a Master of Arts degree in History with a specialization in Museum Studies.

The program is broad in scope rather than highly specialized. Depth in a specialized area is achieved through:

  •  HIS 599 - Internship in History
  •  HIS 695 - Research Seminar in American, European, or Social History
  •  and elective courses.
Did You Know?

The median annual wage for historians was $61,140 in May 2018.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

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Career Outcomes

  • The Master of Arts in History program is particularly well suited for pre-doctoral students, for secondary school teachers seeking additional enrichment, and for those interested in pursuing careers in public history.
  • In addition, the master's program in history develops a variety of skills that are basic to success in many careers in business and other professions. Recent graduates have demonstrated skills in conceptualization, research, analysis, and oral and written communication in careers in banking, the media, insurance, journalism, law, marketing and advertising, publishing, and government service.

  • These are some of the local companies that are hiring CSU grads: Western Reserve Historical Society, Cuyahoga Community College, and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.