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. Some of our strengths lay in enhancing and further preparing secondary educators in their fields as well as training students at our outstanding Lawrence de Graaf 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, research, and more. Additionally, 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.


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) Your statement of purpose. See FAQ tab for guidelines.

(2) Two letters of recommendation, on official letterhead, from professors who are familiar with your academic work. Please ask faculty to send letters to the Graduate Coordinator. See FAQ tab for additional information.

Above items must be sent to: Rachael Amaro, Graduate Coordinator, via email or via USPS at Department of History, CSUF, 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92834.

For Non-History majors: If an applicant received their undergraduate degree in a subject other than History, we strongly encourage them to submit a writing sample in addition to the required items.

Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities must be sent 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 the Office of Admissions.

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