College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Graduate Students

Master of Arts in History

Eileen V. Wallis, Chair

Amanda Podany, Graduate Coordinator

The History Department at Cal Poly Pomona is pleased to offer an MA program in History, with an annual application deadline in the early summer. Our program is mostly designed for current and prospective secondary school teachers who wish to pursue professional development and increase their academic content knowledge and to obtain a higher degree, though candidates with other goals will also be considered.

We look forward to welcoming you to our community of scholars and teachers!


Admission requirements:

  1. The applicant must hold a B.A. degree in either history or in one of the social sciences, humanities, or fine arts disciplines from an accredited college or university.

  2. The applicant must have achieved a grade point average of at least 3.00 in history, social science, fine arts, and humanities course work.

  3. The applicant must submit an application at by May 1, 2018. 

  4. The statement of purpose included in the online application should address the applicant's reasons for pursuing a graduate degree and should add address his or her post-baccalaureate work experience and plans for the future.

  5. The applicant must request three confidential letters of recommendation from professors and/or supervisors (K-12 teachers may submit letters from the applicant's principal and two colleagues) to be received by the History Department by June 1, 2018Letters of recommendation are required even if the applicant was an undergraduate history major at Cal Poly Pomona. 

  6. The letters of recommendation should be sent either by mail or email to the address below. Emailed letters must be sent directly by the recommender from his or her professional email address. Letters sent in the mail should come directly from the recommender, or may be sent by the applicant if each letter is enclosed in a sealed envelope with the recommender's signature across the seal. 


    Recommendation letters should be sent to Dr. Amanda Podany, Graduate Advisor, History Department, Cal Poly Pomona, 3801 W. Temple Avenue, Pomona, CA 91768 or


Graduate Program Guidelines and Road Map:


COURSES: Graduate courses are offered in the late afternoons and evenings, usually on two evenings a week, so as to accommodate teachers’ schedules. The graduate courses will be taken by all the MA students as a cohort, but students have options for elective upper division courses. All students will take seminars and elective courses in both US and World history.


PROGRESS TOWARD DEGREE: Students are expected to demonstrate consistent progress toward their degree. The Master’s Degree is designed to take two years for a student who takes 15-16 semester units a year, and three years for a student who takes 10-11 units a year. All MA students should complete their degrees by the end of the third year.


MASTER’S EXAM: All students will take comprehensive exams towards the end of the spring semester of either their second year of the two-year program, or their third year of a three-year program in order to qualify for the MA degree. The comprehensive exams will be offered for all the students on the same dates and will cover the material from seminars in world history and US history.


FIELDS: All students will take seminars and courses in both US and World history. In alternate years, the department will offer the readings courses in US History and World History. 


ROAD MAP: Click the link below for a detailed road map for our graduate program!

Graduate Program Road Map (PDF)



We look forward to receiving your application!