Program Introduction

The Public History Program at Arizona State University is one of the oldest, largest and most diversified in the world. Since 1980, the program has enabled students to earn M.A. and Ph.D. degrees with specializations in local and community history, historical preservation and cultural resource management, historical administration, museum studies, public policy history and scholarly publishing.

Degrees Offered

  • M.A. in History with a Certificate or Concentration in Public History
  • Ph.D. in History with a Certificate or Concentration in Public History

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Editing
  • Historic Preservation
  • Historical Administration
  • Local/Community History
  • Material Culture
  • Museum Studies
  • Oral History
  • Public Policy
  • Publishing

Credit Hour Requirements

39-44 for M.A., depending on area concentration; 84 for Ph.D.

How Many Students are Admitted Annually



Financial Aid Available

Loans, Assistantships, Stipends

Deadline To Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Internship Requirements

Required. Students arrange internships with guidance from Coordinator of Internships.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

  • National Museum of American History
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (Washington, D.C.)
  • Arizona State Archives
  • City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Office
  • Tempe History Museum

Job Placement Assistance

Faculty work to find jobs for students but internships frequently produce them.

Employers Who Have Hired Graduates from this Program within the Past Five Years

  • West Virginia University
  • West Texas A&M University
  • Arizona State Archives
  • Arizona State Library
  • The Musical Instrument, Phoenix
  • History Associates, Inc. (Maryland)
  • Cultural Resource Management Consulting Firms in the Southwest