Welcome to the graduate history program at California State University, Fullerton!  Our curriculum is intellectually stimulating, rigorous, and mindful of connecting the past to the present.  We are recognized as one of the strongest M.A. programs in the region, and we are well-poised geographically to allow our students access to the numerous archives and university libraries in southern California. Our particular strengths are in enhancing and further preparing secondary educators in their fields as well as training students at our outstanding Center for Oral and Public History.  We have also enjoyed great success sending students to history PhD programs. During the course of their studies, students can expect to master historical pedagogy, critical analysis of sources, research methods, and historical writing. This training readies our graduates for careers in teaching, government, business, law, journalism, social service, and research. We offer concentrations in Public/Oral/Digital History and Chicana/Chicano Studies.

Please view our M.A. in History General InfoPDF File  packet for detailed information on the program.


We encourage our students to meet with our graduate adviser, Dr. Stephen Neufeld or Dr. Allison Varzally, to get and stay "on track" toward graduation. To make an appointment with Dr. Neufeld or Dr. Varzally, please contact the Graduate Coordinator, Rachael Amaro of at (657) 278-3475, via email, or in person (Humanities Building 815 F).


University applications must be submitted online through Cal State Apply. Note that the application deadlines on this page are the most current and accurate. Fall admission: application period begins October 1st and ends March 1st. Spring admission: application period begins August 1st and ends October 31st.

In addition to the online application, the Department of History requires the following materials:

(1) An official copy of your transcripts to be send directly to:*

CSUF Admissions and Records
P.O.Box 6900
Fullerton, CA 92834-6900

To learn more about sending your transcripts, please view the Office of Admissions site.

*If you completed your undergraduate degree at CSUF, you do not have to send your transcripts to Admissions and Records.

(2) Two letters of recommendation, on official letterhead, from professors who are familiar with your academic work. Please ask those writing recommendation letters to email the Graduate Coordinator directly. Note: We understand not all faculty may have access to electronic letterhead, which is why they must email the Graduate Coordinator directly.
(3) A statement of purpose.
(4) Your contact information, such as phone number, mailing address, and email address.

Items (2), (3) and (4) must be emailed directly to:
Rachael Amaro, Graduate Coordinator,

For all forms regarding the graduate program through Graduate Studies, please view their page.