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Prospective Applicants

Dear Prospective Applicant:

For the capable and well-prepared student who wants to pursue an advanced degree in history, our program offers a wide variety of rigorous and stimulating courses of study. We are a large department, with over eighty full-time graduate students and just under sixty faculty, many of whom are nationally and internationally recognized as influential voices in their fields. Our faculty also have a strong commitment to effective classroom instruction at all levels, winning numerous awards for distinguished teaching. 

Currently, our students can pursue advanced study in twenty different fields of history. Our program offers opportunities to study historical experiences in a very wide range of different times and places, from ancient Greece and imperial China to contemporary Africa, Latin America, Europe, and the United States. The program also offers the chance to study a variety of thematic fields, including women's and gender history, the history of sexuality, environmental history, the history of technology, the history of capitalism, and military and diplomatic history. We are proud of our ability to accommodate a wide range of intellectual interests, orientations, and temperaments within our program. We also take special pride in our strong record of academic job placement. 

The Ohio State University is Ohio's “flagship” research institution. It offers the state’s only comprehensive PhD program in history and boasts an outstanding library and strong support for research. The University's graduate population is cosmopolitan, drawn from among the best and the brightest products of colleges and universities across the nation and around the world. Columbus is the state capital and the second largest city in the Midwest, with a metropolitan area of one-and-a half million people and the amenities one would expect of such a center--resident symphony, ballet, opera, film society, art galleries, nightlife, collegiate and professional sports, etc. 

Please note that applications for the PhD degree and the MA degree have separate deadlines. Ph.D. applications must be submitted no later than 11:59pm on December 1 for US applicants and 11:59pm on November 30 for international applicants. For MA applications, the deadline is no later than 11:59 on January 30. We conduct the admissions process once per year, admitting for the following Autumn semester only. Unfortunately, we do not reopen the application for late submissions.

Your Graduate Contacts,

J. Albert Harrill, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Ashley Bowerman, Graduate Studies Coordinator