Applying to the Graduate Program in History

Degree Offered

  • MA in History

Options Available

  • University Thesis Option
  • Examination Option
  • Teaching Option
  • Public History Option

Application Information

  • Application deadline for the Fall 2021 semester is May 1, 2021.
  • The deadline for Spring 2022 is Nov, 1, 2021.

What you should send to the department:

To complete your application for Fall 2021, please submit the following to the department (in addition to your on-line university application through Cal State Apply by May 1, 2021.  The Deadline for Spring 2022 is Nov. 1, 2021.

  1. Two letters of recommendation (preferably from someone who is able to judge your academic work)
  2. A statement of purpose
  3. A writing sample (4-25 pages. The sample should showcase your ability to write a research-based, fully cited scholarly essay. Ideally, this will be a paper written for a history class but papers written for other classes are also  acceptable. If you don't have such samples on hand, you might compose a new paper on an historical topic.)
  4. Unofficial copies of college transcripts (your on-line application to the university will require official transcripts)

You must submit the above to the department, separate from your on-line university application, by the department's deadline. MA applicants are admitted on a rolling basis.  Please send all materials to Dr. Linda Ivey, the Graduate Coordinator (