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Graduate School

Expand Your Horizons

"The greatest thing about graduate study in history is the freedom you have to study exactly what interests you. It is a lot of work and takes a deep commitment, but I think it is worth it to anyone who loves history and values the freedom to think independently."
-- Megan Hatfield, history major ‘07

There are an increasing number of opportunities for students in history, political science, and international studies to engage in graduate-level education. There are specialized Master's and Doctoral programs related to each of those three majors available at universities across the nation and beyond. Students in any of those fields may also wish to consider graduate opportunities in related areas such as law, education, and library and information science.

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Picking the graduate degree program that is right for you is an important and complex task. Students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor and other department faculty members to learn more about how to identify programs that are appropriate for their interests and needs.

As part of that process, we also encourage our majors to learn about the standard requirements for most graduate programs including the GRE exam. Particularly for those interested in doctoral work, we also suggest you familiarize yourself with standard Ph.D. program requirements that will require advance preparation, such as foreign language requirements.

Here are some graduate paths commonly taken by our department graduates:

Law School

Attending law school to earn Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree is a graduate option of interest to many of our majors. You can learn more about law school degrees, programs, and preparation by visiting the Pre-Law portion of the department's web site.

History Related Options

  • Master of Arts (M.A.) or Doctorate (Ph.D.) in History: Typically these degrees are sought by students with excellent academic records with a desire to become academic historians and to teach at the collegiate level.
  • M. A. in Public History or M.A. in Museum Studies: These degrees are most useful for those persons interested in working for such institutions as museums or historical societies.
  • Master of Library Science (M.L.S.) with a focus on Archives Administration
  • Master of Arts in Education (M.A.E.): These degree programs are designed for those already certified to teach Integrated Social Studies. Otterbein does offer such a program.

Political Science Options

  • M.A. or Ph.D. in Political Science: These degrees are sought by students with excellent academic records with a desire to become academic political scientists and to teach at the collegiate level.
  • Master of Public Administration (M.P.A): These degrees are most useful for those interested in public sector careers with an emphasis on program management.
  • Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.): This type of degree prepares students for careers in policy formulation, application, and analysis with public, private, or non-profit organizations. More information about graduate program options related to Public Affairs areas can be found by visiting the web site for the National Association for Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

International Studies Opportunities

There are a growing number of universities that offer graduate work in International Studies. An M.A. in International Studies is a professional degree program that prepares individuals for careers in government service, nongovernmental organizations, and global institutions. Students can learn more about such careers by visiting the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs web site.

Graduate students seeking an M.A. or Ph.D. in International Studies or related fields should also inquire into Title VI federally-sponsored area studies programs available across the United States. These programs offer Foreign Language/Area Studies (FLAS) scholarships that defray tuition costs and offer the student a stipend to cover living expenses


/ Department of History and Political Science

La Trice Washington
p/ 614.823.1019
e/ LWashington@otterbein.edu


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