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Applying to Graduate Program

Applications to the M.A. program will only be accepted for Fall Admission and must be postmarked no later than February 15.

To apply for the Master’s in History degree at CSULB you must:

  • Apply directly to the Department of History:

When applying to Department of History’s Masters of Arts program, you must submit all of the following material no later than February 15:

Statement of Purpose — approximately one single-spaced or two double-spaced page(s) elaborating on the following: why you would like to earn a Master’s Degree in History; what your plans for graduate study in history are and what particular advantages you will bring to your studies; why you would like to enter our program and why our department is an appropriate graduate program for your objectives; what area(s) of concentration you intend to study; and what your career goals are. You may discuss life circumstances and experiences that inform your career goals; however, your statement should express more than your general enthusiasm for history. Your statement of purpose must be focused, clear, and well-written.  Remember, your statement represents you.

Tips for Writing Your Statement of Purpose can be found here:

Writing sample — a paper submitted for previous course work in History or related field that clearly expresses applicant’s ideas and arguments in a coherent and cohesive way and is fully supported by primary and secondary evidence. A historiographic paper that analyzes a body of scholarship is also acceptable. An appropriate writing sample will demonstrate the applicant’s research, analytical, and writing abilities.

Letters of Recommendation –Three current letters (i.e., written preferably within one year of your application date) are required, at least two of which must be from faculty members who know your work.   If you are unable to obtain recent letters or at least two letters from faculty, please consult with the Graduate Advisor on how to proceed.

Letters should speak to your analytical, research, and writing skills as well as your intellectual ability and preparedness for the rigors of graduate work.  For further guidelines, see Guidelines for Letters of Recommendation

Letters should be sent by your recommenders directly to

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

A Curriculum Vitae  A curriculum vitae is an academic resume.  It should include the following: full name and contact information (address, phone number, and e-mail), education (university degrees and dates), employment/internships if relevant to the M.A. program in history, relevant publications, languages (specify written and oral fluency), membership in relevant professional/academic organizations, and academic or professional awards or prizes.

Transcripts — send to the following address:

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

Electronically delivered copy:

Applications to the M.A. program will only be accepted for Fall admission. All application materials must be post-marked no later than February 15th.

Please send your application materials for the Department  to:

Department of History
Attention: Dr. C. Murdock, Graduate Advisor
1250 Bellflower Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90840-1601

N.B. — GRE scores are not required to apply to our program. Applicant assessment begins the day after the deadline for application. If you have any additional questions or need further explanation, please contact the Graduate Advisor, Dr. Caitlin Murdock, at or Susan Tsuji, Administrative Assistant for the Graduate Program in History, at or 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 Office of Financial Aid at 562/985-4641.