History- Master of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy

For information, contact:
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of History
254 Upham Hall, 513-529-5121

This program is not currently accepting applications for the Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Admission Requirements

Combined Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts Program

Undergraduate students may apply to participate in the combined bachelors/master’s program. This program allows you to pursue a master’s degree in an accelerated manner while pursing your bachelor’s degree. Students develop expertise in historical thinking, historical research, historical sub-fields, and writing and teaching history. Please contact the department for more information about the combined program.

Master of Arts

You must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 with successful completion of undergraduate history courses. You must submit a statement about your field of interest and career objectives, an academic writing sample, and three letters of recommendation.

Program Requirements

Master of Arts

Thirty-six semester hours are required. The basic curriculum includes:

HST 601Historical Methods3
HST 602History and Theories3
HST 603Research Seminar I3
HST 604Research Seminar II3
HST 670Colloquium in History 13,3
HST 677Independent Studies3
HST 700Research for Master's Thesis or Project6
Total Credit Hours27

In addition, students must select one three-course module from the following. These modules are designed to provide students with skill sets appropriate to a range of academic and professional options once they complete the Master's degree.

Art History

Select three of the following:9
Art Since 1980
Art of the Late 19th Century
Art of the Early 20th Century
Postwar to Postmodern, 1945-1980
Graduate Seminar in Art History
Total Credit Hours9

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

GEO 541Geographic Information Systems3
GEO 542Advanced Geographic Information Systems3
Python Programming for Geospatial Applications
GIScience Techniques in Landscape Ecology
Aerial Photo Interpretation
Techniques and Applications of Remote Sensing
Total Credit Hours9


GTY 608The Logic of Inquiry4
GTY 609Qualitative Research Methods3
Linking Research and Practice
Organizations and the Aging Enterprise
Policy and Politics of Aging
Quantitative Methods and Statistics
Total Credit Hours10

Interactive Media Studies

IMS 540 Interactive Media Studies Practicum4
ENG/IMS 511Visual Rhetoric3
Elective to be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies3
Total Credit Hours10


HST 670Colloquium in History3
HST 677Independent Studies3
Total Credit Hours9

Students will be able to pursue one of three options in competing the degree:

  1. Thesis. This is a written product in which students must demonstrate mastery of a specific historiography and a body of original research. Six semester hours of credit (HST 700) are required to complete the thesis, with an oral examination upon completion.
  2. Non-thesis project. This might take the form of a museum exhibit or an innovative presentation of extensive archival research. It will have a clear and prominent written component. Six semester hours of credit (HST 700) are required with an oral examination upon completion.
  3. Examination. This option requires the student to take comprehensive finals in three related areas, one in the major field and two in minor fields, defined in conjunction with the advisor. The exams are both written and oral. Six semester hours of credit are required with this option as well; they must be chosen from: HST 677, HST 670, HST courses at 500-level.

Language requirements for M.A. students are determined by their faculty advisor; hours taken for licensure in a language do not count toward a degree.

Graduate assistants are required to enroll in HST 645 College Teaching of HST Survey (0 credits), which is offered each year during the week before the fall semester begins.

Doctor of Philosophy

(Applications are not currently being accepted for this degree program; not all courses listed below are currently offered)

The major field is selected from either Origins and History of the United States or Europe Since 1500. Students also gain competency in one minor field, chosen from origins and history of the United States, Europe since 1500, gender and comparative women's history, or world and comparative history

Sixty semester hours beyond the master's degree are required. At least 30 hours must be in course work other than the dissertation (courses numbered 500 or above). Those 30 hours will include the following:

At least 12 hours in the major field 112
At least nine hours in the minor field 19
HST 703Doctoral Workshop1-3
Two courses in other departments6
HST 850Research Doctoral Dissertation1-16
Total Credit Hours29-46

Students who enter the Ph.D. program with master's degrees from other institutions must take HST 702 and HST 794, or show evidence of completion of equivalent courses.

Graduate assistants and teaching associates are required to enroll in HST 840 which is offered each year during the week before the fall semester begins; and in HST 694 during each semester.

Doctoral students are required to demonstrate competence in a second language; hours taken for certification in a language do not count toward a degree.