College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Degree Requirements

This page provides an overview of the degree requirements for the MA program, as well as graduate guidelines and an updated road map for degree completion. Click the links below to go directly to your desired section, or scroll through the entire page.

 

1. Degree requirements

 
The degree requirements consist of:
1. 14-19 semester units of the following required 5000 and 6000 level core courses:
HST 5540, Readings in World History to 1500 (3 units)
HST 5541, Readings in World History from 1500 (3 units)
HST 5544 Graduate Digital Research Project in World History (1 unit, may be repeated for credit) or HST 5564 Graduate Digital Research Project in US History (1 unit, may be repeated for credit)
HST 5560, Readings in Early US History (3 units)
HST 5561, Readings in Modern US History (3 units)
HST 6970, Comprehensive exam preparation (1 unit) or HST 6940, Master’s Thesis Research (3-6 units)*
 
2. A minimum of 6 semester units of elective graduate courses, drawn from the following list:
HST 5501, Graduate History Methods (3 units)
HST 5502, Graduate Digital Research Project in History Methods (1)
HST 5562 Readings in California History (3)
HST 5570 Contemporary Historiography (3)
HST 5571 Graduate Digital Research Project in Historiography (1)
 
3. A maximum of 11 semester units of undergraduate 3000 and 4000 level courses.
 
4. Total: at least 31 semester units of course work.
 
5. Comprehensive Examinations.
 
 
*Note that a Master’s thesis may only be attempted with permission. Almost all students will be expected instead to complete comprehensive examinations.

 

2. Graduate Guidelines 

MASTER’S EXAM

All students will take comprehensive exams in their final semester at the end 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.

 

PROGRESS TOWARD DEGREE

Students are expected to demonstrate consistent progress toward their degree. The Master’s Degreeis designed to take two years for a student who takes 15-16 semester units a year, and three years for a student who takes 8-12 semester units a year. All MA students should complete their degrees by the end of the third year.

 

FIELDS

All students will take courses in both US and World history; it is not possible to specialize in one field.

 

COURSE LOAD

Two-year students will usually take three graduate seminars, three accompanying digital research projects, and one upper division course each year.  Three-year students will usually take three graduate research seminars and three accompanying digital research projects in the first year, two graduate research seminars and accompanying digital research projects in the second year, and one graduate seminar and accompanying digital research project plus two upper division courses in the third year.

 

SCHEDULING

Graduate courses are offered in the late afternoons and evenings so as to accommodate teachers’ schedules. The 500 and 600 level courses will be taken by all the MA students as a cohort, although students have a few options for elective courses. If the graduate roadmap is followed, students will be able to complete their degrees in two years and will need to be on campus two days a week.

 

3. Road Map

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

Graduate Program Road Map (PDF)