History, MA

Applying for Admission

For consideration, applicants must submit the following:

  1. A completed online application with supplemental materials (ccsu.edu/apply):
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • 500-word essay about a scholarly book or article by a historian that influenced the way you think about the past
    • 250-word essay describing your career aspirations and any opportunities for career preparation that you have
    • $50 application fee
  2. Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from a regionally accredited institution of higher education (GPA of 3.00 or higher)
    • Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in History or related field
    • Applicants with an undergraduate degree in History and a GPA between 2.70 and 2.99 may be considered for conditional admission. In order to be recommended for full admission, conditionally admitted students must complete HIST 501 or HIST 502 with a B+ or better
    • Applicants who meet GPA requirements for full admission but do not have an undergraduate degree in History should meet with the History Department chair or a History Department M.A coordinator to determine the requisite courses needed for admission. At minimum, those students will receive a conditional admission and must complete HIST 501 OR HIST 502 with a B+ or better
    • Applicants with an undergraduate degree in History but who do not meet the GPA requirements for full admission or conditional admission, or for any other reason, must take 9 credits of 500-level history courses, including History 501 or HIST 502 as a non-matriculated student. (If you are later admitted to the program, then those courses will apply to your graduate degree.) In order to be considered for admission, applicants must earn a grade of B+ in all 9 credits of 500-level history courses and receive two positive letters of recommendation from Central History Department faculty.

Official transcripts may be sent directly to the Graduate Recruitment & Admissions Office:

By Mail:

Central Connecticut State University
Graduate Recruitment & Admissions Office
1615 Stanley Street
Davidson Hall 116
New Britain, CT 06050

By Email:


Admissions Contact

Graduate Recruitment & Admissions

Academic Contact

Mark Jones
Professor, Department Chair
Ebenezer D. Bassett Hall

Academic Department