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Oral History, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months


The program links social sciences and humanities research across, but not limited to, six disciplines—history, sociology, literature, anthropology, psychology, and public health—and also has practical applications in historic preservation, radio production, writing, and legal and human rights work. 

The program aims to teach the theory and methods of oral history as a means of the production and analysis of sources; the interpretation of research contained in those stories in aural, visual, and written form; and the professional standards and methods of oral history documentation and research.

 Students will be prepared to conduct technically proficient interviews, create files for deposit in traditional and online archives, maintain ethical standards in research and interviewing, and prepare scholarly proficient documentary productions.

The Oral History master’s program invites applications from professionals and recent graduates in a variety of fields including, but not limited to, human rights, journalism, social work, healthcare, and library science. Applicants must have received a baccalaureate granted by an accredited college or university by the time of enrollment. The program admits students only for the fall semester.

Programme Structure

Core courses
  • Oral History Workshop
  • Oral History Method, Theory, and Interpretation 
  • Oral History: Fieldwork, Production and Archiving
    • Oral History Video Intensive
    • Oral History Internship
    • Social Science and Other Approaches to Studying Life History & Narrative Information
    • From Oral History to Literary Narrative 

    Detailed Programme Facts

    • Programme intensity Full-time
      • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Credits
      30 alternative credits
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      On Campus

    English Language Requirements

    • Minimum required score:


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    General Requirements

    You must specify in your application the department, doctoral program subcommittee, or free-standing master’s degree program in which you wish to study. If required, you must indicate the sub-field of study and the term for which you are applying. A complete application includes: 
    • transcripts of all previous post-secondary education 
    • a statement of academic purpose
    • a curriculum vitae or résumé
    • three letters of recommendation from academic sources 
    • GRE scores and, if applicable, results of the TOEFL or IELTS examination to fulfill the English Proficiency Requirement
    • a sample of scholarly writing, if required by the department or program
    • payment of the application fee

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      2018 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 2018 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
    • National

      2018 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 2018 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
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    Living costs for Manhattan

    • 2638 - 5760 USD/month
      Living Costs

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