Program Introduction

Established in 2017, the program in Heritage Studies & Public History admits 10 - 15 people per year into the Masters program and also accepts current students at the University of Minnesota into the graduate minor. The Masters program is a two-year (four-semester) program that includes a paid summer fellowship as well as two paid semester-long internships. Students share core classes and a capstone seminar although they concentrate in one of three tracks (public history; historic preservation; and archaeological heritage). The program comprises a collaboration with the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) with faculty drawn from both MNHS and the University of Minnesota and is committed to diversity and inclusion at all levels.

Degrees Offered

  • M.A. in Public History
  • Public History Minor

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Digital Media
  • Historic Preservation
  • Historical Archaeology
  • Local/Community History
  • Museum Studies
  • Oral History

Credit Hour Requirements

37 credits for Masters; 12 credits for PhD minor; 9 credits for MA minor

How Many Students are Admitted Annually


MA10 - 15

PhDroughly 5 PhD minors

MAs produced last year


Financial Aid Available

teaching and research assistantships; public engagement assistantships; scholarships; tuition waivers

Internship Requirements

Masters students conduct two paid semester internships. 3 credits per internships. Internships are arranged through close consultation with faculty and mentors at the University and at Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS). Internships opportunities are developed based on students' interests and professional goals and may be held at an MNHS site or with another heritage/public history or community-based organization. Masters students are also required to complete an intensive paid summer fellowship built around a major research or interpretive project.

Job Placement Assistance

We work directly with students to identify and apply for positions based on their areas of interest and expertise.

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