History Program

Master of Arts (M.A.) in History and Archival Studies

The Master’s in History and Archival Studies consists of 48 units providing formal training in history and archival education. Graduate archival education includes scholarly and experiential elements to imbue students with an intellectual framework for engaging in theoretical and wide-ranging questions and principles related to archives and records. Students in archival studies have found career opportunities in libraries and special collections, in corporations and other areas of business that recognize the value of documenting their history and records.

Degree Requirements

Course Requirements
Students must complete 36 units in history in their area of choice and gain a solid grounding in history and historical methods. The remaining 12 units (three separate courses) focus on archival education, archival practices, and invaluable hands-on experience.  Click here for current CGU course listings.

Archival Studies Courses

  • Archival Studies 310: Introduction, 4 units
  • Archival Studies 311: Topics and Advanced Training, 4 units
  • Archival Studies 396: Internship/Practicum, 4 units

Language Requirement
The candidate must demonstrate reading proficiency in historical materials in one foreign language. Foreign language proficiency is demonstrated when the student passes a language exam for reading comprehension. European studies students must demonstrate proficiency in either French or German.  More information...

Research Paper
A candidate must write one substantive research paper meeting the department’s requirements.


Students in the History M.A. programs are expected to write an M.A. thesis, in consultation with a Thesis Committee, based on original scholarly work with an array of primary and secondary sources.

An important component of the M.A. in History and Archival Studies is an internship that places candidates in archives or special collections to gain practical experience.


For additional, detailed information about the History program requirements, please see the department handbook.

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