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Master of Arts in History

Admission Requirements

History Requirements

Entrance Semesters

Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

Minimum Grade Point Average

3.0 (4.0 scale) in the last 50 percent of baccalaureate and all post-baccalaureate coursework.

Standardized Admission Test

Gradate Record Examination (GRE) General Test only.

Required Coursework

Some undergraduate coursework recommended in American Civilization or Western Civilization; methods in research and writing; computer literacy or statistics.

Required Credentials


Educational Requirements

Bachelor's degree in history or related discipline.

General Requirements

  • The completed application for Graduate Admission.
  • The application fee of $45. If writing a check, the check should be made payable to the University of San Diego.
  • Official transcripts documenting each course taken beyond the high school level (whether or not within a degree program) and all degrees awarded. Transcripts that do not bear the registrar's signature and/or the institution's seal are not official. If your school has the capability to send secure, electronic transcripts, you can have them sent to International Applicants click here for transcript information.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors familiar with the applicant's scholarly work or from professional supervisors who have had experience in a graduate program and who can provide information regarding the applicant's potential for success as a graduate student.
  • Current resume.
  • Personal statement or statements which succinctly explains your motivation for pursuing the degree, your future career plans, and why you believe USD is a good fit for you.
  • Standardized admission test scores when required by department.

For additional information about graduate admissions, please contact:

Erika Garwood
Assistant Director
Email Erika Garwood
(619) 260-4524