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.

Students interested in the program and living in the New York City metropolitan area should try to attend one of the OHMA Open Houses. The first open house will be on November 16th, 6:30-8:30 PM, Knox Hall room 509. The second open house will be on January 18th, at the same time and location.

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 2018 will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting on November 15, 2017 through June 1, 2018. Our priority deadline is March 1, 2018. There is no spring admission for this program.

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