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 essay (about one page) with the application explaining why he/she wishes to pursue a graduate degree and describing his/her post-baccalaureate work experience and plans for the future;
  4. The applicant must submit three letters of recommendation from professors, or supervisors. (In the case of K-12 teachers, his/her principal and two colleagues). Please send these letters confidentially, either directly from the recommender or from the applicant in a sealed envelope with the recommender’s signature across the seal;
  5. The application will be reviewed, and must receive a positive recommendation from the Department of History Director of the Graduate Program and the Department of History Graduate Committee.

Check back soon for Fall 2018 application information!



Graduate Guidelines:

 COURSES: 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, but students have options for elective courses.


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 six courses a year, and three years for a student who takes four courses 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 in their final quarter 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.


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. Check back soon for a revised course road map for the 2018-19 academic year and beyond.


We look forward to receiving your application!