Admissions Requirements

All applicants to the Masters of Arts in History must meet the University's requirements for graduate study. Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in history or an allied field with at least four upper-division courses in history. Furthermore, before beginning graduate work, applicants must have completed a historical methods and writing course and the CSUSM requirements for computer competency or the equivalent at another institution. Additional requirements for admission to the program are as follows.

  • Admission to the University for Graduate studies.
  • Overall minimum GPA of 3.0 with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the undergraduate major.
  • The General Test for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). While the minimum acceptable score may vary each year, it is unlikely that an applicant will be admitted with a score less than 500 on the verbal section of the exam. The score must be from a test taken within no less than five years previous to the date of application.
  • TOEFL if appropriate with a minimum score of 500.
  • Two sets of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended with official verification of graduation.
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation that assess academic accomplishments and potential for graduate study.
  • A 750 word statement of research intent describing historical fields of study including mention of interest and/or experience in media and technology, relevant educational background, and post-graduate career/educational objectives.
  • One formal academic writing sample, as recent as possible. Preferably this should be a paper from previous college or university coursework and should not be written simply for the purpose of admission.
  • Completed History MA Application.