OHMA invites applications from students who have or will have received a baccalaureate granted by a college or a university of recognized standing by the time of enrollment. Students currently enrolled in the undergraduate schools of Columbia University are also encouraged to explore our B.A./M.A. option.

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to see answers to the most common admissions questions. For a description of courses and requirements, please visit our Degree Requirements page.

Application materials include:

  • Transcripts of all previous postsecondary education
  • A personal statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Writing Sample (10-15 pages)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores (optional)
  • TOEFL scores (if applicable)

Applications to the Oral History MA Program for Fall 2017 will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting on November 15, 2016 through June 1, 2017. Our priority deadline is March 1, 2017. There is no spring admission for this program.

The Application Portal for the 2017-2017 academic year is open! Materials maybe submitted electronically to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences through the Application Portal. Please see their website for more information on the application process. Please contact gsas-admissions@columbia.edu for any questions pertaining to the receipt of materials.

We strongly encourage applicants to submit supplemental materials (transcripts, letters of recommendation, and official GRE/TOEFL scores) at the earliest date possible, as the Admissions office will be processing a high volume of materials. However, we do not penalize applicants for materials that are submitted before the deadline but do not reach the department by that date.

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To learn more about the Oral History Master of Arts, contact Administrative Coordinator
 Jamie Beckenstein at