The Master of Arts in History
Course Requirements for the Masters Degree: 30 units
Continuous enrollment is required. A maximum of 9 semester units of transfer
credit may be applied toward the degree.
Graduate Time Limit: All requirements
for the degree are to be completed within five years of the end of the
semester of enrollment in the oldest course applied toward the degree.
See Graduate Education in The University Catalog for complete details
on general degree requirements.
The Master of Arts in History requires that at least 27 of the 30 units
be taken within the field of history. Three units may be taken in another
discipline, with prior approval of the Graduate Coordinator.
Prerequisites for Admission to Conditionally Classified Status:
1. Satisfactory grade point average as specified in Admission to Masters Degree Programs in The University Catalog.
2. Approval by the department and the Office of Graduate Programs.
3. An acceptable baccalaureate in History from an accredited institution
or an acceptable baccalaureate in another discipline and a program in remedial
work in history which has the prior approval of the Graduate Coordinator.
Prerequisites for Admission to Classified Status:
In addition to any requirements listed above:
1. Completion of the Graduate Record Examination with minimum scores of
500 on the verbal portion and 850 on the verbal and analytical sections
2. For those not initially admitted to classified status, a postbaccalaureate
grade point average of at least 3.0 in a minimum of 12 units taken toward
completion of the requirements for the MA. The department graduate committee
will review grade reports each semester and recommend changes in status
to the Office of Graduate Programs.
Advancement to Candidacy:
In addition to any requirements listed above:
1. Classified graduate standing and completion at the university of at
least 9 units of the proposed program.
2. Formation of the graduate advisory committee in consultation with the
3. Development of an approved program in consultation with the Graduate
Requirements for the MA Degree in History:
Completion of all requirements as established by the department graduate
committee, the graduate advisory committee, and the Office of Graduate
Programs, to include:
1. Completion of an approved program consisting of 30 units of 200/300-level
courses as follows:
(a) At least 18 units of 300-level courses in the discipline
(b) Not more than 9 semester units of transfer and/or extension
credit (correspondence courses and U.C. extension course work are not acceptable).
Not more than 15 units taken before admission to classified status.
Not more than a total of 10 units of Independent Study (398) and Masters
Thesis (399); not more than 6 units of Masters Thesis (399).
completion of HIST 390, Historiography (3 units).
2. Satisfactory completion of a terminal oral examination based on a reading
list to be determined by the student and his/her graduate advisory committee.
3. Completion of one of the following:
(a) Comprehensive Examination: most
students will be required to satisfactorily complete a terminal examination
to be administered by the students graduate advisory committee.
Plan: subject to the prior approval of a students graduate advisory committee
and the department graduate committee, a student may enroll in Masters
Thesis (HIST 399) for up to 6 units of credit. Only those students who
can show that their proposed thesis will constitute a substantial research
study based mostly on primary sources will be permitted to select this
option. Final approval of the thesis is subject to a successful oral examination
in which the student defends the thesis.
4. Maintenance of attendance. Graduate seminars are central to the history
graduate program. Student seminar assignments are typically integrated
with those of other students. It is therefore important that graduate students
attend seminar meetings as scheduled and meet deadlines and appointments.
5. Approval by the department graduate committee and the Graduate Coordinators
Committee on behalf of the faculty of the university.
Graduate Literacy Requirement:
Writing proficiency is a graduation requirement.
History degree students will normally demonstrate writing competence through
their successful completion of HIST 390, Historiography.
Graduate Grading Requirements:
All courses in the major (with the exceptions of Independent Study-398
and Masters Study-399) must be taken for a letter grade, except those
courses specified by the department as ABC/No Credit (200-level courses),
AB/No Credit (300-level courses), or Credit/No Credit grading only. A maximum
of 10 units combined of ABC/No Credit, AB/No Credit, and Credit/No Credit
grades may be used on the approved program (including 398, 399, and courses
outside the major). While grading standards are determined by individual
programs and instructors, it is also the policy of the university that
unsatisfactory grades may be given when work fails to reflect achievement
of the high standards, including high writing standards, expected of students
pursuing graduate study.
Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in all course work on
the approved masters degree program as well as in all course work taken
subsequent to admission to conditionally classified status.
Graduate Advising Requirement:
Advising is recommended each semester for all History graduate students.
Consult the Graduate Coordinator for specifics.