Why study History?

The University of Cincinnati has an excellent mid-sized Department of History and a lively intellectual community. Our graduate program prepares our MA students for a successful career in and outside academia, e.g., secondary teaching, academic positions, public history, and positions in the areas of law and business.

Students enjoy the benefits of a varied curriculum combined with personal attention from faculty. The Master’s program is designed to give students a strong grounding in a particular major field – United States, Europe, World, or Public History – while providing professional training in both teaching and researching history. Students select a concentration in United States, European, World, or Public History, but everyone receives broad training, taking courses in minor fields, languages, or in other graduate programs.

A special feature of our program is its Public History track, which trains students for professions in institutions such as museums, archives, libraries, as well as environmental and governmental facilities like the park service.

Admission Requirements

Each of the following play an important role in the Admission Committee’s decisions:
• 3 Letters of recommendation
• Personal statement
• Writing sample
• Transcripts

International students may also need to submit TOEFL scores or English Proficiency documentation as described here: https://grad.uc.edu/admissions/criteria/international-students.html. Please contact the Director of the History Graduate Program for more detail. 

The Director of Graduate Studies advises all Master’s students on matters of curriculum, graduation, and, when appropriate, applications to the doctoral program. While students may seek the advice and guidance of any faculty member, students should meet with the Director of Graduate Studies at least once per semester to discuss their progress and plan their curriculum.

At the University of Cincinnati's Department of History, graduate students are connected directly with faculty, with interests in many areas. We also have conferences, symposia, colloquia, and many visiting speakers throughout the year to both inspire new ideas and give students a chance to show their work professonally. The majority of our graduate students are funded throughout their graduate career. The university and surrounding libraries have a multitude of  collections to facilitate research. For more information, see our Graduate Program Page.

Application Deadlines

If you would like to submit an electronic application for the MA Program please visit our Online Graduate School Application and complete the form. Please reference the MA Program website or contact the program directly for information about application requirements or to inquire about materials that need to be submitted when applying to this program.

The application deadline is typically January. Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies for the current admission period's deadline.  

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Jeff Zalar
360 Arts & Sciences Hall
2700 Campus Way
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-2144

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Program Code: 15MAS-HIST-MA