Program Introduction

Established in 2009, the UMass Boston Public History Track typically admits 10-15 students each year. Approximately 23 public history track students have graduated since 2011; an average of 3-4 students graduate from the public history track each academic year. The department offers a History MA/Public History Track; we also offer a History MA/Archives Track, and a Certificate in Archives. The Public History Track prepares students for careers in history working with and for the public. Public History students have multiple opportunities to gain field experience, including an individualized internship. Students may also take advantage of our cross-disciplinary public history and archives curriculum, which trains them for a wide variety of career settings. At UMass Boston, our students use the Greater Boston area as an exciting laboratory for historical inquiry, collaborating with local historical organizations, and the diverse communities that have shaped this region, past and present.

Degrees Offered

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

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Historical Archaeology
  • Local/Community History
  • Oral History

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually


MAs produced last year

We awarded one History MA/Public History track in AY 2016/2017; in AY 2015/2016 we awarded 6.

Financial Aid Available

Assistantships, tuition waivers, in-state tuition status, New England Regional Tuition Break Program, loans

Deadline To Apply

January 15

Internship Requirements

The public history internship coordinator works with individual students to arrange the internship, in consultation with the student and potential partners/sponsors, taking into consideration both the needs of the institution and the professional goals and interests of the student. The public history internship is required for Public History Track students. It earns three credit hours; students must fulfill at least 120 hours of work in order to gain full credit

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years


  • Buttonwoods Museum
  • Cambridge Historical Society
  • Commonwealth Museum
  • Countway Library, Center for the History of Medicine
  • Dudley Square Neighborhood Initiative
  • Facing History and Ourselves
  • Historic New England
  • Historic Newton
  • John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
  • Kalaupapa National Historical Park
  • Lowell National Historical Park
  • Lynn History Museum
  • Mount Auburn Cemetery
  • Nantucket Historical Association
  • Nichols House Museum
  • Old Colony History Museum
  • Trustees of Reservations
  • USS Constitution Museum

Job Placement Assistance

Our program offers and supports professional networking, requires professional development activities, and individualized internship placements and capstone projects in the field. Program faculty and staff provide career guidance, referrals, and references.

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


  • Americorps
  • Boston National Historical Park
  • Church of the Presidents, Quincy, MA
  • Countway Library, Center for the History of Medicine
  • Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate
  • Fidelity Corporate Archives
  • Kings’ Chapel
  • Historic Newton
  • Lowell National Historical Park
  • Lynn Museum
  • New England Historic Genealogical Society
  • Newport Restoration Foundation
  • Plimoth Plantation
  • South End Historical Society
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Stonehill College
  • Tsongas Industrial History Center