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MA in History

The Master of Arts degree in History equips you with research skills and credentials that prepare you for a variety of careers, from teaching and scholarship to work in archives, museums, libraries, and more.

Your study will focus across a wide field of topics and approaches to the past. You’ll benefit from a broad-based humanistic education that emphasizes the research, analytical, and communications skills critical for meaningful careers in almost any field. You’ll have access to faculty-scholars specializing in U.S. and European history as well as faculty from the other Claremont Colleges. You’ll discover abundant opportunities to traverse disciplines and bring diverse ideas and scholarship together, including concentrations in American Studies, Early Modern Studies, European Studies, and Global/Comparative History. As you study with your professors and alongside doctoral students, you’ll build relationships and develop the expertise necessary to thrive academically.

Program Highlights
  • The Libraries of The Claremont Colleges are among the largest collections in California, and the Huntington Library, one of the world’s finest research libraries for English and American history, is nearby.
  • You can pursue an MA in History in conjunction with another degree program, such as a PhD in Religion. You receive a diploma for each degree  and “double count” some units from one program to the other to decrease your required total units.

Program At-a-glance

  • 40 units

    required units

  • MA in History

    degree awarded

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  • Spring, Fall

    program start

  • 2 years | full time*

    estimated completion time

Areas of Concentration

  • American Studies

    The American Studies concentration takes a multidisciplinary approach to the study of United States culture, society, civilization, and identity through the curricular lenses of history, literature, critical theory, and more.

  • Early Modern Studies

    The Early Modern Studies concentration undertakes interdisciplinary examination of history, culture, politics, and society within the transitional and transformative period that stretched between Medieval and modern societies, marked especially by the advent of print, Christian confessional war, and the rise of the modern state.

  • Hemispheric & Transnational Studies

    A comparative analysis of culture in the Americas, the concentration in Hemispheric & Transnational Studies explores how scholarship on the Atlantic, borderlands, and diaspora have reshaped U.S. American Studies, Caribbean Studies, and Latin American Studies, emphasizing the topics of empire, race, religion, and revolution.

  • Media Studies

    Situated at the bustling intersection of cultural studies, new media, critical theory, and popular culture, the burgeoning field of Media Studies examines the creative and critical practices of media consumers, producers, artists, and scholars, focusing on questions of representation, power, technology, politics, and economy.

  • Museum Studies

    The Museum Studies concentration investigates the history and political role of museums in society, the interpretation and display of a wide variety of cultural productions, and topics of special concern to museums as cultural organizations, using a multidisciplinary, practice-based approach to understand the historical development of this evolving field.

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Where You Can Find Our Alumni


  • Matthew Bowman

    Matthew Bowman

    Associate Professor of Religion and History
    Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies

    Research Interests

    Mormonism, new religious movements, evangelicalism, religion and American politics

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    David Cressy

    Research Professor of History

    Research Interests

    Early modern European history; Power, culture, and the state; Race, ethnicity, and nation

  • Portrait of Joshua Goode

    Joshua Goode

    Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and History
    Chair, Cultural Studies (Fall 2022)

    Research Interests

    Modern Spain, 19th- and 20th-century Europe, Genocide and racial thought, Museums and commemoration, Memory

  • Romeo Guzman

    Romeo Guzmán

    Assistant Professor of History

    Research Interests

    Citizenship, Migration, Sport, Public history, Digital humanities

  • Gideon Manning

    Gideon Manning

    Research Associate Professor of Early Modern Studies

    Research Interests

    History of philosophy, medicine, and science; European intellectual, social and cultural history; Early Modern reception studies

  • Portrait of JoAnna Poblete

    JoAnna Poblete

    Professor of History
    John D. and Lillian Maguire Distinguished Professor in the Humanities
    Chair, History Department

    Research Interests

    Colonialism and empire, unincorporated territories, migration and labor, comparative ethnic studies, Asian-American and Pacific Islander studies, 20th-century United States, indigenous issues, environmental history, oral history, U.S. expansionism

Extended Faculty

  • Shane Bjornlie

    Claremont McKenna College

    Research Interests

    Late Antique history, Roman history

  • Myriam Chancy

    Scripps College

    Research Interests

    African diaspora with specialization in its literature

  • Alfred Flores

    Harvey Mudd College

    Research Interests

    U.S. empire in Oceania with an emphasis on diaspora, labor, indigeneity, militarization, oral history and settler colonialism in Guåhan

  • Lily Geismer

    Claremont McKenna College

    Research Interests

    20th century liberalism in the United States, Fair housing, Liberal religion and politics

  • George Gorse

    Pomona College

    Research Interests

    Italian Renaissance art and architecture; Italian Baroque art and architecture; Medieval art history; history of cities, palaces, villas, and gardens; history of Genoa

  • Vivien Hamilton

    Harvey Mudd College

    Research Interests

    Medical technologies, including x-rays, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries

  • Daniel Livesay

    Claremont McKenna College

    Research Interests

    Early American and Atlantic history; Race, family, and slavery in North America and the Caribbean

  • Charles Lofgren

    Claremont McKenna College

    Research Interests

    American Constitutionalism, American founding, Constitutional law, Military history, War and foreign relations

  • Char Miller

    Pomona College

    Research Interests

    U.S. environmental policy, U.S. public-lands management, Western water politics, Immigration and border security, Urban politics and development, U.S. intellectual and cultural history

  • Harmony O’Rourke

    Pitzer College

    Research Interests

    Cultural and social history of early modern and modern Africa, Global diasporas, Gender and sexuality, West Africa, Slavery, Colonialism, Oral history

  • Albert Park

    Claremont McKenna College

    Research Interests

    Design & architecture, East Asian history & political economy, Korean history, Modern Japanese history

  • Ralph Rossum

    Claremont McKenna College

    Research Interests

    American Constitutionalism, American Founding, Constitutional Law, Crime and Criminal Justice, Indian Gaming Issues, Redistricting, Supreme Court, Voting Rights

  • Victor Silvermam

    Pomona College

    Research Interests

    U.S. History, Alcohol and Drug Studies, History of Sexual/Gender Minorities, The Cold War, Labor Unions, International Labor Movements, U.S. and Britain, San Francisco Bay Area History, California History, Sustainable Development Policy



  • HIST 300: “Introduction to Doing History and Being a Historian”
  • Six CGU history seminars in major track (U.S. History, European History, American Studies, Global/Comparative, etc.)
  • Two seminars outside major track of study
  • One non-history/interdisciplinary seminar

Research Paper

  • One substantive research paper


  • An opportunity to demonstrate competence in research by writing an MA thesis based on original research.

Language Requirement

  • Reading proficiency in historical materials in one foreign language (European studies students in either French or German)

Oral History Program

Inaugurated in 1962, the Claremont Graduate University Oral History Program has amassed an impressive collection of interviews with persons whose life experiences merited preservation and special projects, such as China Missionaries Oral History Project, funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. It is a premier resource for research into the history of The Claremont Colleges and California state government and politics.

Application Guidelines

Requirements Summary

Item Description
Application Fee $80
Official Transcripts Yes
Letters of Recommendation 3
Statement of Purpose Yes
Resume Yes
Standardized Test Scores Optional
Other Requirements Writing sample, English proficiency exam

Key Dates and Deadlines

CGU operates on a priority deadline cycle and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit complete applications by the priority dates in order to assure maximum consideration for both admission and fellowships.

Spring 2024
Priority Deadline – November 1, 2023
Final Deadline (International) – November 15, 2023
Final Deadline (Domestic) – December 1, 2023
Classes begin – January 16, 2024

Fall 2024
Priority Deadline – February 1, 2024
Final Deadline (International) – July 5, 2024
Final Deadline (Domestic) – August 1, 2024
Classes begin – August 26, 2024

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Cost & Aid

Program 40 units
Tuition per unit* $2,020

*Based on 2023-2024 tuition rates.


$245 Student Fee
$150 Technology Fee
International Student Services Fee*: $661 fall semester, $776 spring semester
**Applies to all international students (F-1 visa only) who are registered in coursework, doctoral study, or continuous registration. The fee is assessed each fall and spring semester for annual ISO accident and sickness plans and administrative fees. Subject to change.

For estimates of room & board, books, etc., please download CGU’s Cost of Attendance 2022-2023 .

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