Important Notice

Thank you for your interest in our MA degree program in History. Before completing this departmental application, we invite you to review information about program concentrations on the Department of History website. You can change your concentration in consultation with our faculty advisors. We are eager to support your successful application. If you have questions about this application, please write to, or call (510) 885-3207, to connect with our Graduate Coordinator. 

For full consideration, and to ensure timely financial aid and advising consultation, we request that you submit your applications by the following deadlines:

For enrollment in Spring Semester: October 1st by 11:59 PM (PST)

For enrollment in Fall Semester: March 1st by 11:59 PM (PST)

In addition to this departmental application, you must also submit the following for full consideration: 

  • A university application through Cal State Apply, the California State University online application portal: Please find a link to this application on our Department of History website, or here. We recommend that you save the application submission confirmation page for your records. 

  • Official transcripts: Request official final transcripts from all colleges and universities attended be sent to Cal State East Bay’s Office of Admissions. Institutions may send electronic transcripts to Electronic transcripts must be sent from the institution directly to CSUEB for them to be considered official.

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How to apply:

The Department of History requires two applications: One to Cal State Apply, and this department application. The department application requires the following, with detailed instructions provided for each item below: 

  • Two letters of recommendation; 

  • A statement of purpose; 

  • A writing sample; 

  • Unofficial copies of all college transcripts. 

Letters of Recommendation
Two letters of recommendation are required. We prefer letters from academic references over letters from nonacademic employers. Ideally, these letters should be from undergraduate instructors with whom you had sustained contact. Instructors of seminars and small, discussion-based classes will often have the best sense of your skills and interests.

Please provide contact information for two references. Requests for recommendations will be submitted through the recommendation system on your online application. Please encourage your recommenders to submit their letters via the link generated by the online application.

Statement of Purpose
A statement of purpose is required. Your statement should be approximately two double-spaced pages in length, or 600 words. Please help our Graduate Committee understand your specific professional and personal goals in seeking an advanced degree in the discipline of history. Our Graduate Committee welcomes sincere statements offering a true reflection of your aspirations and hopes. If you did not undertake a comprehensive study of history as an undergraduate, your statement of purpose can help us to understand your interest in pursuing an MA degree in History.
Writing Sample
A writing sample is required. This should be a 10- to 20-page essay. The essay should be representative of your best and most sophisticated writing and should give us insight into your intellectual, analytical and creative abilities. A senior thesis or undergraduate seminar paper would be ideal. The sample should highlight your ability to work with primary sources and to make historical arguments.

Unofficial Copies of College Transcripts

Please provide copies of transcripts from institutions of higher learning that you have attended here, for our departmental review. These can be unofficial transcripts. At least one of these transcripts must indicate completion of a BA or BS degree. As a flexible degree program, we are happy to consider candidates with undergraduate degrees in any college discipline.
You may submit up to 6 unofficial college transcripts.

 Thank you for applying to the MA degree program in History. This completes the departmental application. Please also be sure to complete your Cal State Apply application for full consideration.