Friday, October 21, 2016

Master of Arts in Oral History -- Special Program for Seniors!

Want to learn about oral history research
and get a jump start on your master's?


Barnard, Columbia, GS, and SEAS juniors
are eligible to apply for our BA/MA Program. 

We invite you to join OHMA for our Fall Open House, 

sit in on a class, meet with our directors, 

or connect with our students and alumni!

Undergraduate students currently enrolled in Barnard College, Columbia College, General Studies, or the School of Engineering and Applied Science may request early admission to our Oral History MA program (OHMA) through the BA/MA option. By way of this program, students have the opportunity to apply in their junior year to take OHMA's graduate-level coursework during the subsequent academic year.
The deadline and required materials for the BA/MA option remain the same as the standard OHMA application. Interested students are encouraged to contact OHMA Co-Director Amy Starecheski at and to submit anonline application by our priority deadline of March 1, 2017.
Please note that admitted students to the BA/MA option are not formally enrolled in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences until after conferral of their undergraduate degree, but that up to three graduate-level courses (nine to twelve credits) of level-5000 and above and/or one-half Resident Unit taken in excess of their bachelor’s program requirements may be transferred to OHMA.
Nov. 3: FALL 2016
Please join us for our Fall Open House on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at6:30 p.m. in Knox Hall 509. 

On the agenda: 
  • Information session
  • Meet and greet with OHMA students & alums
  • Presentation by Nyssa Chow (OHMA 2015)
  • Mini-interviewing workshop, taught by OHMA Co-Directors Mary Marshall Clark & Amy Starecheski
  • Refreshments!
In this open house, Nyssa Chow (OHMA 2015) will be presenting a portion of her thesis, which focuses on the lived experience of history as told by three women born in Trinidad and Tobago in the 1920s. What was life in the British colony like for these women? In "Still.Life.," you will see and hear accounts that are grounded in that time and place, but also stories that are timeless, deeply personal and universally human.
Nyssa is an OHMA student and Teaching Fellow in our Method, Theory, and Interpretation course this fall through Columbia’s Center for Teaching and Learning. Her work with OHMA Co-Director Mary Marshall Clark to transform oral history by teaching visual literacy recently received Columbia’s Faculty Provost Award.

She is also a graduate of Columbia University’s MFA program, and a recipient of the Hollywood Foreign Press Award, the Women in Film and Television Fellowship, the Toms Fellowship, and the Academy of Motion Pictures Foundation Award. 
Born in Trinidad, Nyssa has a particular interest in multimedia experiments in storytelling, and collaborations that bring oral history and education closer together.

Please RSVP to our Fall Open House Eventbite page here.
Prospective BA/MA students are also welcome to schedule a phone call, meet with the OHMA directors, or sit in on our classes. Please send us an email ( to connect and plan your visit!

Check out our newest profile publication—Oral History (Re)Mastered—or review our Current Student and Alumni pages to browse our affiliates by subject area and career path. The OHMA community is over 100 oral historians strong and growing! We are happy and proud to facilitate introductions to our outstanding graduates.

SAVE THE DATE for our One-Day Oral History Training Workshops (Jan. 21) &Spring Open House (Jan. 26)! These upcoming public events are another great time to learn more about oral history practice and meet our program affiliates.
OHMA invites applications from scholarly and creative prospective students who want to cross the disciplines, seek deep engagement in people's lives and communities, and are ready to contribute to developing the field of oral history with us.  
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 BA/MA Option 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 OHMA.
The Application Portal is officially open. For more information, please visit ourAdmissions Page. We look forward to meeting you and reviewing your applications in the coming months!
Oral History Master of Arts (OHMA) is an interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree program in the field of oral history, the first program of its kind. Our mission is to train the next generation of oral historians to deploy our deep traditions of ethical, creative, and rigorous oral history practice to meet the challenges of today's and tomorrow's changing worlds. Through the collection, archiving, and analysis of individual, community, and institutional histories, we preserve the critical first-person narratives that capture the spirit of our society for generations to come.
Jointly run by the Columbia Center for Oral History Research (CCOHR), one of the preeminent oral history centers in the world, and the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics(INCITE), a lively hub for transdisciplinary research in the humanities and social sciences, OHMA connects students with both the intellectual resources of a major research university, and the intimate society of a small cohort of talented students.

Contact us directly or review our website for further information:
Oral History M.A. Program
Columbia University