M.A. On Campus

History (Specialized Option)

California State University Sacramento

12 months
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The Master of Arts program in History (Specialized 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 (Specialized 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
  • Research and Writing in US History
  • Research and Writing in the History of the American West
  • Research and Writing in World History

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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Academic requirements

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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. Fifteen of the units must be upper division and include one seminar from the HIST 192 series (or equivalent) and one seminar from HIST 197 series (or equivalent); and
  • a minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 units attempted and a minimum 3.25 GPA in History courses.

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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