Program Introduction

Established in 2000, the UNLV Public History Program admits 8 to 10 MA & Ph.D. students each year. Approximately 67 students have graduated from the program, with a current average of 11 students graduating annually. The program specializes in innovative cooperative federal and regional research partnerships. Recent projects include partnerships with the National Park Service, the Nevada Test Site Oral History Project, and Preserve Nevada, a statewide cultural research and preservation group.

Degrees Offered

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

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Digital Media
  • Historic Preservation
  • Local/Community History
  • Material Culture
  • Museum Studies
  • Oral History

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually




Financial Aid Available


Deadline To Apply


Internship Requirements

Required. Internships are evaluated by public history faculty, other graduate faculty and institutional partner supervisors. Evaluation of internship experience is based on a student experience report and letter from field supervisor.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

• National Park Service
• Liberace Foundation
• Museum at FIT
• New York Historical Society
• Department of Energy
• City of Las Vegas Historic Preservation Office

Job Placement Assistance

Students gain real world experience in seminars and classes before the internship. Students work closely with agency and institutional partners throughout their program of study, establishing a competitive professional record before graduation.

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

• National Park Service
• National Forest Service
• Bureau of Land Management
• The Autry National Center
• The Nevada State Museum
• The Atomic Testing Museum
• Department of the Navy