Financing Your Master of Arts Degree

University Financial Aid and Fellowships 

NEW!   The SF State history department is now part of the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) which enables students in 16 Western states and territories to enroll in participating public graduate programs as nonresidents, yet pay the lower resident tuition rate.

Many graduate students, especially those supporting themselves, benefit from university financial aid. For application information, contact the Office of Financial Aid. The priority date for filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is in early March; we encourage applicants to do so even if they have not yet heard about admission.

SF State also has an active Fellowships Office that can help graduate students apply for nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships, as well as system-wide scholarships and fellowships offered by the California State University system.

The Division of Graduate Studies provides information on significant financial aid opportunities, including the Graduate Equity Fellowship for outstanding students from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds and the Provost Scholar Award for outstanding out-of-state students. It has also partnered with University Housing to provide a limited number of affordable housing units for graduate students.

History graduate students have also been successful in winning fellowships offered by the College of Liberal and Creative Arts. To do a search for such fellowships, consult the online database, Academic Works.

The graduate coordinators distribute information about outside fellowships or history-related employment opportunities to graduate students via the graduate student listserve when they become available.

Department of History Financial Aid and Fellowships

The Department of History has a number of fellowships in the range of $1,000 to $3,000 per academic year to enable students to enter and complete the MA program.  All entering and continuing students will automatically be considered for these fellowships.Beginning in Fall 2018, students will have to apply for these fellowships via Academic Works, a university application system.  For the Robert Pasker-Laurie Pitman Fellowship and the Shirley Barnett Memoiral Scholarship, the deadline is October 15 for Spring admission and February 15 for Fall admission.  For the continuing student fellowships, the department will inform students of the relevant deadlines.

The Robert Pasker-Laurie Pitman Fellowship for Entering Graduate Students 
Support for one to six incoming students with the strongest academic records and best writing samples. 

The Shirley Barnett Memorial Scholarship
Support for up to four incoming students over the age of 40 for up to five semesters.

The Jacques Hymans Graduate Fellowship
Support for a current student who is both academically successful and a contributor to the department. 

The History Department Graduate Fellowship
Support for one to six current students who have been academically successful.

The department also provides the Herodotus Fund for Graduate Travel in History to assist graduate students to travel both domestically and internationally for presenting papers and doing research. Students who have had papers accepted at peer-reviewed conferences should contact the department chair about these funds.


A limited amount of university housing is available to graduate students.

Graduate Assistantships

The department has need of qualified graduate students as assistants for lower-division survey classes. Their major duty is to grade exams or papers, with the total time of 35 hours per course per semester. If you are interested, stop by the Department of History office and ask for an application. If you have further questions, contact Professor Sarah Crabtree at