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The purpose of the Master of Arts program in history is to provide broad but intensive training for students who intend to pursue careers as professional historians, whether in teaching, research, or archival or historical preservation fields, or for those who desire strong historical backgrounds for other vocational or avocational objectives.

Key benefits

- This program is approved by the Ohio Board of Regents.

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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.


Program Learning Requirements:

- Communicate a sophisticated knowledge of history and disseminate it to the general public through completion of thesis projects, Public History capstone projects, Public History conferences, and other presentations and exhibits.
- Encourage others to explore and understand the historical context of their lives through public contact in societies, historical organizations, community and social groups, local and regional schools, History Day, and in museums and archives.
- Develop their own appreciation and knowledge of history through contact and networking with other historians (through the department, alumni, and professional organizations), and through a continued quest for knowledge by readings and primary research.
- Be prepared to matriculate into Ph.D. programs or to advance their careers in secondary education.


Graduates in the Public History plan will be qualified to obtain employment in historical organizations, corporations, government, non-profits, archives, libraries, or museums.

Admission requirements

Each candidate shall include a statement of goals, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample. The GRE is not required. In special cases, a candidate with a grade point average below 3.0 may be admitted on conditional status with the approval of the department's graduate studies committee. Conditional status may be granted upon a favorable committee recommendation based upon the candidate's application and interview with a director of the graduate program.

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Graduate Scholarships

Wright State University offers several scholarship opportunities to graduate students, including:
• Graduate assistantships
• Tuition scholarships
• Fellowships
• Stipends

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