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History (Comprehensive Option)

California State University Sacramento

12 months
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The Master of Arts program in History (Comprehensive Option) offered by the California State University Sacramento introduces students to the use of the historical method, the critical investigation of problems in historical study, and the analysis and interpretation of primary source material.



The skills obtained at the History (Comprehensive Option) program offered by the California State University Sacramento are valuable in many professions, especially to students interested in pursuing graduate study culminating in the doctorate in History, experienced teachers of history in public schools, students who wish to teach in California Community Colleges, and to students seeking employment in archival management, oral history, consulting, and public sector historical research.

California State University, Sacramento is well situated to offer rich historical resources in several fields of study. The California State Archives, the California State Library and the Sacramento Archives and Museum Collection Center offer unique opportunities for the study of Western and California History. The presence of many state and community agencies dealing with historic preservation offers possibilities for stimulating internships, and the history graduate program is also able to draw upon rich materials in a number of areas of United States, European, and world history located in the Sacramento State Library.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • History and Theory
  • Interpreting World History
  • Interpreting U.S. History
  • The Teaching of History in College
  • Research and Writing in US History

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • a baccalaureate degree;
  • an undergraduate major in History, OR a minimum of 27 semester units in History, or a closely related field, approved by the Graduate Coordinator
  • an online application for admission
  • two sets of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, other than Sacramento State
  • a Department Application for Admission
  • a statement of purpose of at least 250 words
  • two letters of recommendation
  • a set of transcripts from all colleges attended, including Sacramento State
  • academic writing sample (optional but highly encouraged)

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Sacramento

1190 - 1765 USD /month
Living costs

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


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