Total Units Required: 30
The Master of Arts in History appeals to students intending to pursue doctoral studies at other institutions, teachers wishing to enhance their content knowledge, and individuals simply seeking a more advanced study of the past. Going substantially beyond their undergraduate coursework, MA students challenge themselves to deepen their knowledge about the origins and development of peoples in the past and to enhance their research and writing skills. Graduates of the MA program are equipped to make significant and independent contributions to the field of history and practice skills relevant in a variety of professional careers, including as secondary teachers, college or university professors, journalists, and historians in government and private agencies.
Requirements for the MA in History
Completion of all requirements as established by the department graduate committee, the graduate advisory committee, and Graduate Studies, to include:
- Completion of an approved program consisting of 30 units of 400/500/600-level courses as follows:
- At least 27 units in the discipline of history, with a minimum of 18 units of 600-level courses in the discipline.
- At the discretion of the academic program, a maximum of 30 percent of the units counted toward the degree requirements may be special session credit earned in non-matriculated status combined with all transfer coursework. This applies to special session credit earned through Open University, or in courses offered for academic credit through Regional and Continuing Education. Correspondence courses and UC Extension coursework are not acceptable for transfer.
- Not more than 15 units taken before admission to classified status.
- Not more than a total of 10 units of HIST 697 and HIST 699T; not more than 6 units of HIST 699T.
- Satisfactory completion of HIST 690.
- Satisfactory completion of a terminal oral examination based on a reading list to be determined by the student and their graduate advisory committee.
- Completion of one of the following:
- Comprehensive Examination: most students will be required to satisfactorily complete a terminal examination to be administered by the student's graduate advisory committee.
- Thesis Plan: subject to the prior approval of a student's graduate advisory committee and the department graduate committee, a student may enroll in HIST 699T 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.
- 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.
- Approval by the department graduate committee and the Graduate Council on behalf of the faculty of the University.
Graduate Grading Requirements
All courses in the major (with the exceptions of Independent Study - 697, Comprehensive Examination - 696, Master's Project - 699P, and Master's Thesis - 699T) must be taken for a letter grade, except those courses specified by the department as ABC/No Credit (400/500-level courses), AB/No Credit (600-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 697, 696, 699P, 699T 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 minimum 3.0 grade point average in each of the following three categories: all course work taken at any accredited institution subsequent to admission to the master's program; all course work taken at California State University, Chico subsequent to admission to the program; and all courses on the approved master's degree program.
Continuous enrollment is required. At the discretion of the academic program, a maximum of 30 percent of the units counted toward the degree requirements may be special session credit earned in non-matriculated status combined with all transfer coursework. This applies to special session credit earned through Open University, or in courses offered for academic credit through Regional and Continuing Education.
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 Master's Degree Requirements for complete details on general degree requirements.
Graduate Requirement in Writing Proficiency
All students must demonstrate competency in writing skills as a requirement for graduation. History students will normally demonstrate writing competence through their successful completion of HIST 690.
Prerequisites for Admission to Conditionally Classified Status
- Satisfactory grade point average as specified in Graduate and Postbaccalaureate Admission Requirements.
- Approval by the department and Graduate Studies.
- 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:
- Completion of the Graduate Record Examination with minimum scores of 153 on the verbal reasoning portion and 3.5 on the analytical writing section.
- 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 Graduate Studies.
Advancement to Candidacy
In addition to any requirements listed above:
- Classified graduate standing and completion at the University of at least 9 units of the proposed program.
- Formation of the graduate advisory committee in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator.
- Development of an approved program in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator.