Program Introduction

Since 1984, the Center for Public History (CPH) at the University of Houston has been a leader in the field of public history. The program is annually home to some 20 graduate student majors or minors. By 2013, grants, contracts, and internships through CPH and its faculty have exceeded $3,200,000. University of Houston offers the Masters in Public History (thesis and non-thesis) which prepares students for positions in various historical venues, government agencies, business enterprises, and educational institutions. The degree also is excellent preparation for the traditional PhD in History. UH also offers a minor in Public History for MA and PhD students. Every attempt is made to design an individually tailored curriculum.

Degrees Offered

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

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Business
  • Digital Media
  • Editing
  • Local/Community History
  • Museum Studies
  • Oral History
  • Public Policy

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually


Financial Aid Available

Research Assistantships
Teaching Assistantships
Research Projects

Deadline To Apply

January 1

Internship Requirements

Internships are arranged through the Public History Coordinator. For the MA degree internships receive 6 credit hours. Non-majors may take 3- hour internships. Internships can be paid or unpaid.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

• Houston Medical Forum
• Holocaust Museum of History
• Menil Collection
• Bayou Bend Museum
• Medical Center Library

Job Placement Assistance

We work directly with students before they graduate to help them seek full- or part-time employment in areas of their interest.

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

• Baylor College of Medicine Archives
• Managing Editor, Offshore Magazine
• Associate Editor, Platts Gas Daily
• Argus Historical Services
• Tomball College Faculty
• University of North Florida Faculty