Master's in History M.A., M.S.

Our mission:

Masters of History graduates will, via a variety of career paths, help address society’s “big problems,” including racial and social injustice, violence and war, and informed analysis of technological and scientific developments, with a historical and humanities-based perspective.

Options for Master’s degrees in History:

Global Perspectives on War, Peace, and Empire with course work on the Holocaust, the Rise of Anti-Semitism, the World Wars, War in History, and Empires in Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.

Community History and Civic Engagement with a focus on the history of race in the West, citizenship in the USA, social welfare, labor history, immigration, and activism.

History of Science and Technology concentrating on the history of the life and environmental sciences, drawing from an invaluable onsite collection of personal documents relating to Linus Pauling and other prominent scientists.

Our faculty:

Global PerspectivesNicole von Germeten, Trina HoggKatherine Hubler, Jon KatzPaul KoppermanRena Lauer, Linda Richards, Kara Ritzheimer, Paul Wanke, Hung Yok

Civic Engagement – Elizabeth Barstow, Marisa ChappellNicholas ForemanAmy Koehlinger, Jennifer Macias, Ben Mutschler, Christopher McKnight Nichols, Steve Shay, Stacey Smith, Joel Zapata

History of Science and Technology Jake Hamblin, Mason Tattersall

Funding Your Education

Other Sources of Funding:

Graduate Assistantships are employment-based appointments where students, in exchange for their service, receive a stipend, tuition coverage (called remission), and an institutional contribution toward mandatory fees and a health insurance program only available to graduate assistants.

An assistantship provides a monthly salary, tuition remission, and an institutional contribution toward mandatory fees and the graduate assistant-only health insurance premium. Teaching assistantships (TAs) may include leading a discussion, delivering lectures, grading papers, or supervising a laboratory. Research assistantships (RAs) typically assist faculty in conducting research projects. As Oregon State is a leading teaching and research institution, it follows that the work of our graduate assistants is essential to fulfilling the university's mission.

Many teaching assistants teach introductory undergraduate courses or assist faculty in the delivery of upper division and graduate courses. This requires not only a mastery of the course content, but it also challenges your ability to communicate ideas clearly (a skill that is central to success in your graduate studies and professional life). For many students planning a career in academia, a TA position is an excellent training ground for issues of pedagogy, lesson planning, and classroom culture.


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Grants, Scholarships & Fellowships:

Laurels Block Grant Program

Deadline for proposal submission for the 2021-2022 academic year is November 2, 2020.

The purpose of Laurels funding is to provide financial support to academic units so they may diversify and strengthen their graduate programs. This is achieved by providing tuition support to recruit new graduate students to OSU who support the unit’s specific graduate recruitment and enrollment goals.

Laurels funding is a one-year block grant awarded directly to programs in the form of tuition waivers and/or tuition remissions.

Provost's Distinguished Graduate Fellowships and Scholarships

The purpose of the Provost’s Distinguished Fellowship and Scholarship program is to support programs in the recruitment of Oregon State’s most meritorious graduate students. Newly admitted doctoral students, and newly admitted master’s students in degree programs where a Ph.D. degree does not exist at Oregon State, are eligible for nomination for either award. Recipients may receive either a Provost Fellowship or a Provost Scholarship, but may not receive both. Both domestic and international graduate students are eligible for nomination.

Prestigious Diversity Scholarship

This scholarship supports the recruitment of graduate students from historically underrepresented backgrounds who demonstrate scholarly promise at OSU.

This award—formerly offered as the Diversity Advancement Fellowship, is a lucrative financial award that supports new graduate students with their transition to graduate education and celebrates their future contributions at OSU. 

The nomination period begins on October 1, 2020. All nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m., February 1, 2021. Awards will be determined in February, 2021.

Promising Scholar Fellowship

The nomination period begins on October 1, 2020. All nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m., February 15, 2021. Awards will be determined by mid-March, 2021.

This award is intended to support the recruitment of graduate students from historically underrepresented backgrounds who demonstrate scholarly promise at OSU. Eligible nominees must have participated in scholar programs that support undergraduate students from low income, first generation, and/or historically underrepresented backgrounds in their pursuit for graduate education.

This award—formerly offered as partial tuition support for former McNair Scholars - has expanded to include additional scholar programs and a 9-month fully funded fellowship with an accompanying tuition waiver.

Fulbright Scholar

The Fulbright Program, the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government, is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program offers grants to study, teach and conduct research for U.S. citizens to go abroad and for non-U.S. citizens to come to the United States.

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide. Approximately 4,000 foreign students receive Fulbright scholarships each year.

There are certain English language requirements to qualify for a Fulbright scholarship.