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Graduate Study in History

We are a vibrant and dynamic department with an outstanding graduate faculty whose research expertise spans the globe. We help support our students’ travel for research, conferences and internships, and we offer competitive graduate assistantships that provide our students with valuable classroom experience, financial support and a monthly stipend.
We grant degrees in numerous research fields at both the M.A. and Ph.D. levels, with deep expertise in Native American history, public history, war and society, race and ethnicity, women, gender and sexuality, the U.S. West, and the history of religion. We provide close and creative mentorship and a strong support system for our students.

Plans of Study

Master of Arts

Our Master of Arts degree includes two different plans of study and prepares students for careers within and beyond the academy.

M.A. Public History Track

Our public history program offers students hands-on experience that will serve them in a variety of professional fields.

Doctor of Philosophy

Doctoral students work closely with faculty mentors to refine critical research and writing skills.

Amanda Johnson, Dr. Richard Boles, and two graduate students stand on white steps at the Newberry library. Next to them is a bust of Walter Newberry.

"The OSU history graduate program has been an all-around wonderful experience. It has provided me with incredible faculty mentors, an ample amount of research funding and a diverse set of course offerings that have prepared me for a competitive job market. From day one I’ve been grateful to work and learn in such a welcoming environment."

- Amanda Johnson, Ph.D.
Doctoral Graduate, 2022


Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies (NCAIS)

One of the major strengths of OSU's graduate program is the university's membership in the NCAIS. NCAIS gives our Native American and Indigenous studies students access to the Newberry's collections and exclusive symposia, workshop and fellowship opportunities.

Fellowships and Assistantships

The Department of History offers fellowships and assistantships in addition to teaching associate salaries and tuition waivers. 

Graduate Scholarships

Beyond fellowships and assistantships, the department offers numerous scholarships to help graduate students in their studies. 

Graduate Student Handbook

The graduate handbook gives detailed requirements and policies related to our graduate study in history.

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