Program Introduction

New York University has long-established programs in archival management (1977) and public history (1981). We combined and reconfigured these programs into a new M.A. in Archives and Public History in 2007, with concentrations in either archives or public history. Approximately fifteen students are admitted to the program each year. In addition to the M.A., we offer Advanced Certificates in archives and public history, as well as a dual degree MA/MLIS Program in conjunction with the Palmer School of Library and Information Science. Several hundred students have graduated from the program since the 1970s.

Degrees Offered

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

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Digital Media
  • Editing
  • Film/Video
  • Historic Preservation
  • Library Science Program
  • Local/Community History
  • Museum Studies
  • Public Policy
  • Publishing

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually




Financial Aid Available

Tuition Waiver

Deadline To Apply

March 2

Internship Requirements

Internships are arranged by Peter Wosh, Program Director and Instructor. Internships are 4 credit hours.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

Past Three Years:
• American Field Service Archives
• American Jewish Historical Society
• American Social History Project
• Brooklyn Historical Society
• Center for Alternative Photography/Penumbra Foundation
• Center for Migration Studies
• Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library
• Fales Library, New York University
• The Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History at the New York Historical Society
• International Coalition of Sites of Conscience
• The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives
• Lower East Side Tenement Museum
• Museum of American Finance
• Museum of Chinese in America
• Museum of the City of New York
• The National Archive of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History
• New York Historical Society Manuscripts Department
• New York Public Library Manuscripts Division
• New York Public Library Preservation Department
• New Philharmonic Archives
• New York University Archives
• Rutgers University Archives and Special Collections
• National September 11 Memorial Museum
• Tamiment Library, New York University
• United Methodist General Commission on Archives and History
• WNYC Archives

Job Placement Assistance

Wasserman Center for Career Development, personal assistance from director, alumni events, networking opportunities.

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

• Archdiocese of New York
• Mary Knoll Fathers and Sisters Archive
• National Hellenic Museum
• Internet Archive
• University of California, Santa Cruz
• University of Arizona
• Whitney Museum
• Fashion Institute of Technology
• History Channel
• Emory University
• Brooklyn Historical Society
• Yale University
• New York City Department of Environmental Protection
• Gilder-Lehrman Institute
• Fales Library, New York University
• National Archives, Northeast Region
• Wells Fargo
• American Field Service
• National September 11 Memorial Museum
• Michigan Technological University
• New York Public Design Commission