24 months
671 USD/credit 16104 USD/year
671 USD/credit 16104 USD/year
444 USD/credit 10656 USD/year
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The Portland State University Department of History offers a Master of Arts degree program designed to develop historians with special competence by systematic training in the content, methods, and interpretation of history. 

Visit the official programme website for more information


Each degree program at Portland State University will vary, based on the individual student's particular fields of interest and purpose for pursuing graduate work. Regardless, the same level of scholarly competence and intellectual attainment is expected of all our MA students.

What kinds of students are in the History MA program?

With fluctuating proportions, most of our students are pursuing an MA either as a pathway to a PhD program or as a professional credential in its own right. 

Many of our students are interested in further advanced study in history, and choose our program as a way to explore and redefine their interests, and/or to improve their CV for an eventual application to a doctoral program. We have a good track record of placement into competitive PhD programs for those of our MA students who have worked diligently to prepare themselves. 

Many of our students seek a master’s degree as a required or supplementary professional credential in teaching at the community college or high school level, public history, etc.

Some students are in our program primarily for reasons of personal curiosity and enrichment, without any particular professional goal in mind.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Public History Seminar 
  • Public History Lab 
  • Public History Internship 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


48 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Submit your application and $50 USD application fee online.
  • Submit all high school transcripts/grades/records along with your graduation certificate/diploma/exam results or certificate(s).
  • Submit evidence of English language proficiency that meets the university’s minimum requirements if you wish to enter university level coursework upon admission.
  • Fill out the Financial Certification and Immigration Information Form and mail or submit it online to PSU.
  • Submit Financial Documentation for I-20 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16104 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 671 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    16104 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 671 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    10656 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 444 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Portland

1271 - 2262 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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