Program Introduction

Established in 2014, the M.A. in History with Public History emphasis at Northern Arizona University admits students for both the fall and spring semesters. The program offers an MA in history and allows students to take one of three public history tracks--thesis, project, or comprehensive exams-- as a secondary field. All students must complete an introduction to public history course, a public history elective, and an internship. For the internship, we have partnered with the National Park Service, Lowell Observatory, the Arizona Historical Society, the Utah Historical Society, and the NAU Special Collections and Archives. We have graduated two or three students each year in public history since its inception and students.

Degrees Offered

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

Program Strengths

  • Material Culture
  • Museum Studies

Credit Hour Requirements

36 hours total for MA, 9 hours for Public History

How Many Students are Admitted Annually


MAs produced last year


Financial Aid Available

Fellowships, Teaching Assistantships, Arizona Resident and Non Resident Tuition Waivers, Department Scholarships

Deadline To Apply

October 15 and Feb 15

Internship Requirements

Internships are arranged by students. They are 3 credit hours each and are considered part of the regular coursework. We have a standing relationship with the Arizona Historical Society for a paid internship though students have also found paid internships with NAU's Special Collections and Archives, Lowell Observatory, and the National Park Service.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

  • NAU Special Collections and Archives
  • Lowell Observatory
  • Utah Historical Society
  • Arizona Historical Society
  • National Park Service

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

  • Lowell Observatory
  • National Park Service