How to Apply

Applying to the Graduate Program

Minimum Requirements for Admission

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with an overall GPA and a history GPA of 3.0 or higher
  2. Substantial previous coursework in history

Application Checklist

All online elements of the application must be completed by February 15. All hard-copy elements sent to the department must be postmarked by February 15.

  1. Apply online for admission to the university by February 15. Go to Cal State Apply. If you have any questions about the Cal State Apply process, visit their Help Center.
  2. Send your transcripts to the university at the following address: 

Enrollment Services/Admissions
CSU Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840

If you are a current CSULB student or a recent CSULB graduate, you do not have to send your CSULB transcripts.

       3. Send a Statement of Purpose, C.V., and a writing sample directly to the History Department at the following address:

Dr. C. Murdock, Graduate Advisor
Department of History
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840-1601

4. Arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent directly to the History Department (see above address) by your recommenders. Ideally, these letters should be from faculty who know your work as a history student. Choose those recommenders who can best evaluate your analytical, research and writing skills as well as your intellectual ability and preparedness for the rigors of graduate work.

5. All application materials sent to the department must be postmarked no later than February 2015.

Find tips and guidelines for preparing your application here.

For questions about the program or the substance of the application, please contact the Graduate Advisor, Dr. Caitlin Murdock via email.

For questions about the status of your application, please contact the Administrative Assistant for the Graduate Program in History, Susan Tsuji via email or at (562) 985-1384.

For current application fee information, contact the Office of Enrollment Services, Registration Unit at (562) 985-5484. 

For current financial aid information, contact the Office of Financial Aid at (562) 985-4641.

N.B. — GRE scores are not required from applicants to our program.