Academic Catalog

History — Public History (M.A.P.H.)

The M.A. in Public History (M.A.P.H.) is a professional degree for students seeking careers in museums, at historical societies or historic sites, in cultural resource management, in nonprofits, in government agencies, and in allied fields. It is also appropriate for secondary school teachers who seek to gain experience in project-based, community-engaged pedagogy. The M.A.P.H. degree can be completed in two years of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. Earning a graduate degree is an undertaking which requires a considerable commitment of time and financial resources. The Department of History expects applicants to its graduate program to arrive well-prepared to undertake a rigorous course of study.

The department normally considers only applicants whose undergraduate grade point average is at least 3.00 overall and at least 3.25 in a minimum of eighteen semester credits in history and related subjects at the advanced undergraduate level. The department requires that all applicants submit a statement of purpose, a writing sample, two letters of recommendation (at least one should be from a former instructor; the other may be a professional reference from a supervisor for a history-related internship or other employment), a resume or curriculum vitae, and copies of transcripts from each college or university previously attended. Please consult the Department of History graduate handbook for detailed instructions for preparing application materials. 

Application deadlines are October 15 (for Winter admission), January 15 (for Fall admission with funding consideration), and April 15 (for Fall admission without funding consideration).

For the Master's in Public History degree at least 33 credits are required. 15 credits will be completed in core courses that include an internship and master's project. 18 credits will be completed in a public history track. Students are required to take at least three courses at the 7000-level or above. Candidates must petition the Graduate Committee for any exceptions to the M.A.P.H. requirements.

HIS 7835Public History3
HIS 7855Memory and History3
or HIS 7261 African American History and Memory
One methodology course relevant to selected track and professional goals3
One additional core course3
Six courses required for the track selected18
HIS 7998Internship in Public History3
Total Credits33

Students will select a track no later than the end of their first semester of coursework. MAPH students can select a track in one of the following areas:

  • Museum Studies
  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Public Policy
  • African American History and Culture
  • Labor and Urban History
  • Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

Candidacy must be established by filing an official Plan of Work with the Department when twelve credits have been earned.

Academic Scholarship: All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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