M.A. On Campus

Public History

California State University Sacramento

12 months
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The Public History Program at the California State University Sacramento offers a two-year course of study leading to the Master of Arts as a degree option within the History Department.



The Public History program offered by the California State University Sacramento provides an integrated professional curriculum that includes specialized project and internship experience in several concentrations including: archives and manuscripts, business history, oral history, public history research and analysis, and historic preservation. All students pursue a common course of study, gain professional experience through a series of internships, and complete a master's project or thesis within their area of program specialization.

Program requirements meet the educational guidelines of the Society of American Archivists, the Oral History Association, and the National Council on Public History. Graduates are qualified for listing on the Professional Register of Public Historians maintained by the California Committee for the Promotion of History.

All applicants must meet the requirements for admission as a classified graduate student in History. Applicants are also encouraged (but not required) to submit both verbal and quantitative scores from the aptitude portion of the Graduate Record Examination with their admission application.

Applications are available from the History Department Office. Students who are not enrolled in the program may take public history courses on a space available basis, with instructor permission.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Interpreting U.S. History
  • Public History Principles and Techniques
  • Research Seminar in Public History
  • History and Theory
  • History and Memory

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 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
  • 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.


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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