Best History Graduate Programs in California

We ranked the top grad schools for history acccording to economic returns. Three years after completing their degree, history master’s graduates earn a weighted average salary of $43,449. 

Our rankings of master’s in history programs cover 52 of the 177 programs available, accounting for 51% of total conferrals. We are unable to include schools for which there are insufficient earnings and/or debt data.



 

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#1 in California | #4 in History nationally

California State University, Fullerton

Fullerton, California

Economic score: 0.41

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $57,105

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $7,970

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $27,384

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.48

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#2 in California | #6 in History nationally

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, California

Economic score: 0.46

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $54,428

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $5,393

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $27,970

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.51

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#3 in California | #11 in History nationally

California State University, Northridge

Northridge, California

Economic score: 0.63

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $46,177

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $2,893

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $27,458

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.59

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#4 in California | #13 in History nationally

California State University, Sacramento

Sacramento, California

Economic score: 0.68

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $52,741

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $3,662

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $38,500

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.73

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#5 in California | #40 in History nationally

California State University, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

Economic score: 1.62

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $29,473

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $19,665

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $28,627

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.97

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

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California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Pomona, California

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California State University, Fresno

Fresno, California

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San Diego State University

San Diego, California

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University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

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California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, California

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University of California, Irvine

Irvine, California

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University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

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University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California

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California State University, Stanislaus

Turlock, California

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California State University, East Bay

Hayward, California

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San Jose State University

San Jose, California

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Stanford University

Stanford, California

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How long does it take to pay down debt in history in California?

Years

Under a year

The average debt accrued from a master's degree in history is covered by average graduate earnings in under a year.

How much do graduates with master's degree in history earn in California?

Salary

$49,194

The median master's degree in history graduate earns $49,194 3 years after graduating.

How much does a master's degree in history cost in California?

Net cost

$12,305

The average annual cost of a master's degree in history is $12,305. This is the net cost and considers only students that have received Title IV funds.