Master of Arts in History


Dawne Dewey
The Master of Arts program in history provides training for students who intend to pursue careers as professional historians, whether in teaching, research, or public history (archives and museum studies), as well as for those who desire a strong historical background for other vocational or avocational objectives. The program offers opportunities for specialized study and research, but without neglecting the breadth that characterizes historical work at its best. In recognition of the fact that students’ interests and goals are varied, the program provides a choice of three plans, all of which lead to a Master of Arts degree. This program is approved by the Ohio Board of Regents.

Application deadlines for incoming students:

  • March 1 (for funding)
  • April 15 (priority deadline if no funding is requested)

Application deadline for Graduate Assistantships (current students only):

  • March 1


Or a student may take a General History Curriculum. This offers the widest choice of classes.


A student has a choice of one of two tracks either of which will satisfy the requirements for the United States History and War and Society Concentrations, and for the General History Curriculum.

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General Graduate Program Information:

Public History Plan:

War & Society Concentration:

Career Options

Graduates of the Thesis Plan generally pursue a Ph.D. in History at another university.  This degree can lead to an academic position at a college or university, an administrative position at a professional organization, or a position as an historian for a corporation or organization.

Graduates of the Course Intensive Plan are often already employed in secondary education and find that this degree enhances their teaching abilities and employment options.

Graduates of the Public History track pursue careers in museums, historical societies, federal, state and local archives, state and federal park services, corporations, universities and public programs in history education.

How to Apply

General information

Decisions regarding admission to the graduate program of the Department of History, continuation in the program, and dismissal from it are made by the department's Graduate Studies Committee. The candidate for admission must meet the requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, and must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average as verified by official transcripts. A strong candidate will have substantial undergraduate course work in history or a major in the field. Please note that the Department of History does not require the Graduate Record Exam, or GRE.

In addition to the School of Graduate Studies requirements, each candidate shall submit a statement of goals, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample. The one-page statement of goals should explain what draws the candidate to graduate school (specifying which track of the program the student intends to complete) and discuss his or her long-term career aspirations.  The writing sample should be on a historical topic and include complete citations (usually the writing sample comes from an advanced undergraduate history course). All these items may be submitted through the online application except for the writing sample, which should be mailed to the Graduate School address.

Graduate School
E344 Student Union
Wright State University
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
Dayton, OH 45435-0001

In special cases, a candidate with a cumulative grade point average below 3.0 may be admitted conditionally (see the School of Graduate Studies website for details). Conditional status may be granted upon a favorable committee recommendation based on the candidate's application and an interview with the director of the graduate program. An applicant without adequate work in History may enter the program but may be required to take deficiency work as prescribed by the Graduate Studies Committee.

A graduate student in any college of the university may take up to three graduate history courses without prior approval of the Department of History. Any student desiring more than 9 credit hours of graduate history courses must secure the approval of a director of the graduate program.

New graduate students will be admitted in the Fall Semester of each year. Applications for those seeking financial aid and Graduate Assistantships should submit their entire applications by March 1. All other applications are due April 15.


Financial Aid

Graduate Tuition Scholarships

Each year, selected entering students will be awarded Graduate Tuition Scholarships.  These scholarships are awarded competitively on the basis of academic merit.  These scholarships are granted in dollar amounts according to available funds. In the 2013-14 academic year, each scholarship partially covered the tuition and fees for full-time graduate students.  These awards are good for one year.  For their second year, all graduate students are eligible to apply for Graduate Assistantships in the department.

Graduate Assistantships

Assistantships provide tuition remission and pay a stipend, currently in the range of $8000 annually. Most Graduate Assistants are assigned to faculty members and assist them in class preparation and grading. In addition, the Public History track has a number of temporary and work-study positions off-campus.

If you are a prospective student who wishes to apply for financial aid, download and submit the following form to the history department by March 15.  The full application will also be due March 15 to the Graduate School.

If you are a continuing student preparing to enter a second year of full-time study, and wish to be considered for a Graduate Assistantship, download and submit the following form to the department by March 1