Program Introduction

Established in 1979, Duquesne’s Public History program admits ten to fourteen students each year. It offers a master’s degree in public history, with approximately half of the students’ credits in public history courses and internships. The number of graduates of the program over its thirty years is approaching 200.

Degrees Offered

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

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Editing
  • Historic Preservation
  • Local/Community History
  • Museum Studies

Credit Hour Requirements

30 for M.A. in History; 36 for M.A. in Public History

How Many Students are Admitted Annually


MAs produced last year

7 M.A. in History; 9 M.A. in Public History

Financial Aid Available

Assistantships (research, administrative)
Tuition scholarships

Deadline To Apply

Fall Admissions - Feb. 1; Spring Admissions - Nov. 1

Internship Requirements

All Public History graduate students complete two internships and earn six hours of credit during their course of study. Each internship requires a minimum of 125 hours of professional experience under the guidance of working professionals in various public history fields. They are available every semester (including summer) and require at least six weeks of work.

In conjunction with your internship director, you complete an Internship Contract, which outlines the project or area of work to be covered by the internship, prior to starting work. You also submit a formal internship report after finishing your work.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

  • Frick Art & Historical Center
  • Heinz History Center
  • Andy Warhol Museum
  • Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History
  • Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation
  • Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area
  • Fort Pitt Block House Museum

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

  • Heinz History Center
  • National Archives
  • Frick Art and Historical Center
  • Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area
  • Jewish Museum of Baltimore
  • National History Day
  • United States Navy
  • St. Vincent College Coverlet Museum
  • The Oglebay Institute