For a PhD in History from OSU, you must complete 60 credit hours of graduate-level coursework beyond your M.A. degree in three fields of study (general, major and minor fields).
18 hours of seminar (including at least three hours of research seminar)
Reading knowledge of a foreign language
No more than 6 hours of HIST 6100 and 6 hours of 6130 courses
Historiography (HIST 6023)
Teaching History at the College Level (HIST 5021)
OSU's Department of History is a member of The Newberry Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, one of the world's premier archives for the study of Native American history. Membership provides our graduate students with opportunities for conferencing, research and fellowships.
Research and Faculty
We are a vibrant department with outstanding graduate faculty whose research expertise spans the globe. We offer exceptional graduate mentorship and strong support for our students, including travel for conferences and research. In addition, we provide competitive graduate assistantships that give our students valuable classroom experience.
- Progress toward proficiency in foreign language
- Three letters of recommendation
- Statement of intent
- Writing sample
- February 1 (for funding consideration)
Cost & Assistance
OSU and the Stillwater community in general are especially affordable places for graduate students. We offer competitive graduate assistantships for both M.A. and PhD students. M.A. students are considered for two-year funding packages, and PhD students are considered for five-year funding packages. Our graduate assistantships provide a tuition waiver, health insurance and a monthly stipend that is competitive among Big 12 and other peer institutions. We also offer annual scholarships, fellowships, grants and paper prizes for both M.A. and PhD students, which provide significant extra financial support for research and conference travel.