Program Introduction

Loyola University Chicago has been training graduate students in public history since 1980 and is a founding sponsor of the NCPH. The program integrates public history training with a departmental focus on urban/cultural history and the resources of the Chicago area. The program admits between five and eight MA students and 1-3 PhD public history students each year. We offer a Joint Public History MA/MLS with Dominican University.

Degrees Offered

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

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Digital Media
  • Historic Preservation
  • Historical Administration
  • Library Science Program
  • Local/Community History
  • Material Culture
  • Museum Studies
  • Oral History

Credit Hour Requirements

MA: 31 Hours

How Many Students are Admitted Annually



Financial Aid Available

Partial Tuition Waiver

Deadline To Apply

January 1

Internship Requirements

Internships are arranged through coordination between the director, student, and partner institutions.
Some internships are paid, others are not. Payment is not a requirement. One internship is required for credit; most students do more than one.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

  • National Park Service
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum
  • Field Museum
  • Chicago History Museum
  • National Archives
  • Anasazi Heritage Center
  • Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
  • Swedish-American Museum
  • Nantucket Historical Association
  • Commission of Chicago Landmarks
  • Australian History Museum
  • Milwaukee Public Museum
  • German-American Cultural Center
  • Chicago Archdiocese Archives
  • Women in Leadership Archive
  • Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Job Placement Assistance

Alumni Network, local, regional and national professional contacts.

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

  • National Archives
  • National Park Service
  • North Park University
  • Naper Settlement Historic Site
  • Historic Mount Vernon
  • Emory University Library & Manuscripts
  • Minnesota Transportation Museum
  • Black Metropolis Research Consortium
  • Essanay Early Film Center
  • Cuneo Mansion and Gardens
  • Motorola Archives and Records Center
  • Salisbury House and Gardens
  • Historic Pullman Foundation
  • Winnetka Historical Society
  • Oak Park/River Forest Historical Society
  • Chicago Cultural Alliance
  • American Medical Association
  • Anthropology Museum, Northern Illinois University
  • Allied Vaughn