About the Master of Arts in History
The Department of History at the University of San Diego offers a Master of Arts degree emphasizing both public history and the geographic region of the U.S. West and Southwest. This 30-unit MA program is open and recommended to qualified students who wish to study public history or the presentation of historical knowledge to a general public audience. It is also open and recommended to qualified students who are interested in traditional academic history, especially teaching, and who wish to broaden their educational background. Graduate units may also be transferred into doctoral programs.
The program is supervised by history faculty, and eight of the ten courses required for the program involve seminars in the department. The two remaining courses are selected by the student from historically oriented courses in the fields of political science, international relations, art history, theology and religious studies, literature, anthropology, ethnic studies, sociology, education, business administration, and law. Full-time students typically need two years to complete the program. Part-time study is also welcomed and accommodated by a schedule that offers most graduate classes one evening per week. The goals of the program are to allow students to pursue advanced understanding of history and to enhance their career options.
Students who complete our program go on to work in secondary schools and community colleges, law or business offices, archives, museums, historic sites, state and local historical agencies, newspapers, businesses, trade and labor organizations, and in all levels of government.