Program Requirements

Prerequisites For Admission

The department considers two overall areas in deciding on qualifications for admission: overall GPA (including GPA in history courses) and recency of coursework. Specifically, the requirements for admission are as follows:

  1. An overall grade point average of 3.0.
  2. At least twenty-one units of upper-division history, including the writing of a senior thesis, with a GPA of 3.0 or better in these courses. Units taken 15 or more years prior to application will be considered outdated; if 9 or more upper-division units are outdated, a student will be admitted into €˜provisional€™ status with conversion to conditional classified status (the normal status for new students in the program) contingent upon the completion of additional coursework according to the following formula:
    • Applicants with 9 to11 outdated units must complete Senior Seminar (including the writing of a senior thesis) with a grade of B or better.
    • Applicants with 12 to 21 outdated units and a GPA of 3.5 or better must complete Senior Seminar (including the writing of a senior thesis) plus two regular upper-division courses. Except for Senior Seminar, these units may be taken for graduate credit and may be counted toward the M.A. if they are at the 4000 level.
    • Applicants with 12 to 21 outdated units and a GPA between 3.0 and 3.49 must complete Senior Seminar (including the writing of a senior thesis) plus three regular upper-division courses with a GPA of 3.0 or better in these courses. Except for Senior Seminar, these units may be taken for graduate credit and may be counted toward the M.A. if they are at the 4000 level.
  3. Satisfactory performance on the Graduate Record Examination, General Test, unless the student has completed 15 or more units of upper-division history at CSU-Stanislaus.
  4. Students may be admitted on a provisional basis if they have both an overall GPA and a history GPA between 2.9 and 3.0. These students may take up to 9 units of 4000-level coursework (not including Senior Seminar), with extra graduate-level work, which may count for graduate credit if they are subsequently admitted to Conditional Classified Status.
  5. Provisional status students must, within 2 academic years of admission to provisional status, meet the minimum requirements for admission to conditional classified status or be discontinued from the program. Coursework taken under provisional status which is counted toward the MA will fall under the 7-year maximum for completion of the degree.

Note: Secondary School Teachers Concentration M.A. additionally requires a valid California secondary teaching credential. This concentration does not require a foreign language competency for the M.A.

General Course Requirements

Completion of 30 units total, including four (4) Graduate Seminars, one of which must be HIST 5930:

HIST 5930 - History of Historical Writing (required of all candidates)

HIST 5980 - Individual Study (up to 6 units)

HIST 5990 - Thesis (3-6 units, optional)

Progression
 

  • All students are admitted as "conditionally classified."
  • "Conditionally classified" students must earn A's or B's in their first three courses, including at least one seminar (HIST 5910 or HIST 5920) or the historiography course (HIST 5930).
  • Upon completion of ten units, the Graduate Committee will review the student's course work, promoting the student to "classified" standing if appropriate.
  • Each student will be assigned an adviser.
  • Maintaining satisfactory progress insures a student's continuance in the program.
  • After all course work is completed, a comprehensive written examination that will cover all work taken in the program, will be required.

Additional Requirements

At least 24 units must be taken at CSU Stanislaus; at least 15 of these units are to be completed after admission to classified graduate standing

No course work below "B-" grade level will be acceptable in fulfilling any M.A. requirements. If the candidate earns less than a "B" average in any single semester, departmental review of the candidate's eligibility is mandatory. Withdrawal of candidacy may result.

Adherence to the departmental Statement of Professional Ethics is also mandatory. Departure from this standard also results in dismissal from the program.