Master of Arts in History program
Kate Murphy, Director
1 Grand Avenue
Faculty Offices North
Building 47, Room 27G
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-0320
Cal Poly’s Master of Arts Degree in History is tailored to students who want to pursue graduate studies and careers in public history, education, museums and local or state government.
This two-year program takes students deep into particular cultures and eras and hones their command of historical research and analysis. The program also develops students’ critical thinking, written and oral communication, and their understanding of the rich diversity of human experience.
Students in the program work closely with faculty mentors and get unequaled experience and responsibility in their research and study. An introductory seminar to graduate studies prepares students for graduate seminars on topics in American, European, Latin American, East Asian, and Comparative History.
To finish their masters degree at Cal Poly, students undertake either original historical research, by writing a thesis, or deepen their expertise in two historical fields of their choice, through the comprehensive exams option.
The M.A. program focuses on rigorous historical methods while allowing students the flexibility to tailor their study to match their interests and meet their goals. The program’s emphasis on practical application of skills and knowledge is reflected through the History Department’s well-established internship program.
Cal Poly’s M.A. History program supports lifelong learning and welcomes members of the community interested in continuing to study History.
History M.A. Program Application Deadline
Deadline for Fall 2017: April 1, 2017
Note: We will not be admitting students for Winter 2018, but we will resume Winter admissions in 2019.
Learn more about how to apply to the M.A. History program and please see our Program Guide to Graduate Study (PDF) for program details and requirements (also available as a fully-accessible "text-only" PDF).
If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the Program Director, Dr. Kate Murphy.