Program Introduction

Originated in 1967 and established in 1981, the Public History program at North Carolina State University offers an MA in Public History, a PhD in Public History, and joint MA/MILS with the School of Information and Library Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The program admits ten to twelve students each year. Nearly three hundred students have graduated since 1981, with a current annual average of twelve graduates.

Degrees Offered

  • B.A. in History
  • M.A. in History
  • M.A. in Public History
  • Ph.D. in Public History
  • Public History Minor

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Digital Media
  • Historical Administration
  • Local/Community History
  • Museum Studies
  • Oral History

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually



MAs produced last year


Financial Aid Available

Teaching Assistantships

Deadline To Apply

January 15

Internship Requirements

Internships are arranged by the individual student in consultation with the Director of Public History. Students earn 3 credit hours toward graduation upon satisfactory completion of 240 hours of interning.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

• Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation
• Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture
• City of Raleigh Museum
• University of North Carolina at Greensboro Special Collections
• Mordecai Historic Park
• Museum of the White Mountains
• Camden County Historical Society (New Jersey)
• Halifax County Convention and Visitors Bureau (North Carolina)
• Smithsonian Museum of American History
• National Baseball Hall of Fame (New York)
• State Archives of North Carolina

Job Placement Assistance

Students seek out jobs in consultation with the Director of Public History.

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

• George Washington’s Mount Vernon
• Martin Luther King Jr. Birthplace National Historic Site
• Plimouth Plantation
• Library of Congress
• Death Valley National Monument
• National Archives
• North Carolina Museum of History
• State Archives of North Carolina
• City of Raleigh Museum
• Old Salem Museums and Gardens
• New York Public Library
• Farm Bureau of North Carolina
• Duke University Special Collections
• Johnson C. Smith University History Department
• Oxford University Press