Program Introduction

Established in 1997, the Public History Track for students pursuing an MA in Historical Studies at UMBC admits fifteen to twenty students each year. The program specializes in community based history. Over their course of study, students will work on a variety of real-world projects with external partners in local, regional, or national historical organizations. Students receive specialized training in oral history as well as the development of historical content for digital history.

Degrees Offered

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

Program Strengths

  • Digital Media
  • Local/Community History
  • Oral History

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually




Financial Aid Available

In-State Status

Deadline To Apply

March 10 (Fall); November 1 (Spring)

Internship Requirements

Required. Internships are arranged in consultation with the Director of Public History. They are generally unpaid and are part of regular coursework.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

• United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
• Maryland State Archives
• Maryland Historical Society
• Baltimore Heritage
• National Museum of American History
• National Electronics Museum
• Laurel Historical Society
• Montgomery County Historical Society
• National Park Service

Job Placement Assistance

Current job and internship announcements are listed on the History Department website. Two campus resources --the Job Placement Center and the Shriver Center-- also offer career assistance for students and alumni.

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

• National Building Museum
• National Archives
• National Electronics Museum
• Sandy Spring Museum
• National Museum of American History
• Maryland State Archives
• Social Security Administration History Office
• National Park Service
• Maryland Historical Society

Degrees Offered

  • B.A. in History with a Certificate or Concentration in Public History
  • Public History Minor