MA in History - Public History

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MA in History with a Concentration in
Public History

The older we get as a country, the more history we have to show for ourselves, and tell about ourselves. Public historians do the job of storytelling.

Working with architects, librarians, business people, government policy analysts, exhibit designers, communities and cultural institutions, public historians document, preserve and disseminate bodies of historical facts.

What You Will Learn

In our master's in public history program, you will learn to create historical preservation and outreach initiatives that integrate deep content knowledge, technological savvy, and business acumen to engage, educate and empower individuals and groups.

Your skill set will include methodology, management, preservation and interpretation of historical records and artifacts. This knowledge will lead you to museum and historical society or archival work, neighborhood or community history projects, historic and cultural preservation programs, and local and federal research projects.

Where You Can Go

  • Museums
  • Historical societies, small museums and other history organizations
  • Federal government — including the National Park Service, the Department of State Office of the Historian, and the Senate Historical Office
  • State and local government
  • Archiving 
  • Libraries
  • Historical consulting firm
  • Law firm

Admission Requirements

Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our five graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options.  Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts.

Additional requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree (can be in a discipline outside of the intended MA degree program).
  • Statement of Purpose: 200-500 words explaining why you wish to enter the program.
  • Writing Sample:  Minimum 3-5 pages (i.e. research paper, creative work, critical analysis of a literary piece, or work from previous academic studies).
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