Program Introduction

The graduate program in public history at Texas State was formed in 1997 to address the widespread interest in the practice of history beyond the classroom and to meet the need for trained public history professionals in the state and region. The curriculum is built on the core functions of public history in the areas of historic preservation, archives, oral history, local and community history, and museums. Internships and projects are incorporated as integral program elements. The program admits fifteen-eighteen students each year. The Public History Certificate Program initiated in 2007 serves an important function complementary to the M.A. program by providing practicing public historians and volunteer board members/staff of historical societies with the opportunity to advance their skills and knowledge of theoretical and methodological approaches in the field. Approximately sixty students have graduated from the M.A. program.

Degrees Offered

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

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Historic Preservation
  • Historical Administration
  • Local/Community History
  • Material Culture
  • Museum Studies
  • Oral History

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually




Financial Aid Available

Research Assistantships
Teaching Assistantships

Deadline To Apply

June 15; October 15; April 15

Internship Requirements

Internships are arranged in conjunction with and approval of the program director. The student receives 3 credit hours for a minimum of 160 hours of paid or unpaid internship work.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

• Texas Archive of the Moving Image
• National Museum of the Marine Corps
• National World War II Museum
• Institute of Texas Cultures
• Texas Historical Commission
• Texas State Library and Archives
• Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Museum and Archives
• Texas Department of Transportation
• Tarleton Law Library, University of Texas

Job Placement Assistance

Distribution of job listings, sharing/utilizing professional contacts; CV/resume and cover letter workshops and mentoring.

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

• Bullock Texas State History Museum
• French Legation Museum
• Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum
• National Park Service
• Texas Historical Commission
• Texas General Land Office
• Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
• Neill-Cochran House, Austin
• City of New Braunfels
• Daughters of the Republic of Texas