History M.A.

Aerial view of Cal Poly campus The M.A. Program in History began in Winter 2006. It is designed to meet the needs of various constituencies – current History and/or Social Studies teachers at all levels of K-12 education, students interested in eventually pursuing a Ph.D. in History, and members of the community interested in continuing to study the discipline of History.

We strive to achieve the following: develop specialized historical competencies and an enhanced awareness of human diversity, develop critical thinking/problem solving skills, develop facility in oral and written communication, and develop independent thought and research methods. At the same time, the program will help K-12 teachers to hone their skills and to deepen their knowledge of History. Finally, the program seeks to support the ideal of lifelong learning.

Deadlines for applying to the History M.A. Program:
1 July for Fall Quarter
1 October for Winter Quarter
1 February for Spring Quarter

Materials Required for Application:

  1. Complete the online application, as per instructions, parts A and B (applicants must complete the Statement of Purpose section).
  2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and post-graduate work submitted directly to Admissions at the following address:

    Cal Poly State University
    Admissions Office
    1 Grand Ave.
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

  3. Sample of scholarly writing (10 pages or more). Send the writing sample directly to:

    Cal Poly State University
    Graduate Director, History Department
    1 Grand Ave.
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-0324
(Letters of recommendation are welcome but not required.)

PLEASE NOTE: With the exception of international students, all supporting materials must be received within one month of the application deadline.

Please see our Program Guide to Graduate Study (PDF) for program details and requirements.
We also offer a fully-accessible "text-only" version of the Program Guide to Graduate Study (PDF).

You may also contact the Graduate Director, Dr. Matthew Hopper at mshopper@calpoly.edu

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