What will I learn?

The History Department offers a 30-unit Master of Arts program with a traditional track and a teaching option.

Teaching Option

A. Core (15 units)
HIST 200A, 200B, HIST 210T, 220T, 230T
Note: HIST 200A/B must be taken within the first year of enrollment in the history program.

B. Electives (6 units)
Students will select 6 additional units from HIST 210T, 220T, 230T. (Students may repeat course numbers but may not repeat topics.)

C. Practicum (6 units)
HIST 296 and 297

D. Culminating Experience (3 units)
Project: HIST 298

The Master of Arts program in History is designed to extend the competence of persons engaged in a wide variety of fields requiring a broad grasp of historical knowledge, techniques, and interpretation. Within this degree program, students may choose to complete either a traditional track or a teaching option. The traditional track, which offers both thesis and examination as possible culminating experiences, best satisfies the needs of those interested in public service, teaching at the community college level, or pursuing advanced graduate study in history. The teaching option best satisfies the needs of those interested in enhancing their teaching of history primarily at the secondary level.

The Graduate Certificate program is most suitable for those teachers who would like to update their professional credentials, those seeking supplemental certification, those seeking to prepare for the CSET, and/or those who would simply like to continue their study of history but who do not require an M.A.

Which department am I in?

College of Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (30 Units)

Tuition fees
US$17,527.00 per year
USD $2,082 Per Semester for 0-6 units; USD $3,588 Per Semester for 6.1 or more units; Nonresident tuition fee: USD $396 per unit
Application deadline

Expected April 2022

Start date

Expected August 2022


College of Social Sciences

5340 N. Campus Drive M/S SS91,



93740, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students complete a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required. Applicants with a GPA between 2.75 and 2.99 may be considered, however, for these applicants the GRE General Test is required. A bachelor’s degree in music (or the equivalent) is required. Applicants must have their official transcript(s) sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

For international students

Admission to the Master of Arts degree program in History assumes undergraduate preparation equivalent to this university's major in history. Majors from other disciplines may qualify for admission depending on grade point average and other factors deemed pertinent for success in historical studies.

English language Score: TOEFL – 80 iBT, or IELTS – 6.5, or Pearson’s Test of English - 53, or iTEP – 4.5. Application Deadlines: Fall - April 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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