Program Introduction

UNCC's public history M.A. was established in 2003 with a focus on History and New Media. In addition to core history courses, students may take complimentary courses outside of the department. Our students have interned at local, regional and national museums, and graduates have taken jobs in historic preservation, museum education, as directors of local museums, or have gone on to law school or doctoral programs. UNCC public history students won the NCPH Student Project Award in 2008.

Degrees Offered

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

Program Strengths

  • Business
  • Digital Media
  • Editing
  • Film/Video
  • Historic Preservation
  • Historical Administration
  • Local/Community History
  • Museum Studies
  • Oral History
  • Public Policy

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually




Financial Aid Available

Tuition Waiver
In-State Status

Deadline To Apply

February 1 (Fall); November 1 (Spring)

Internship Requirements

Public History Program Director works individually with students to arrange internships that meet their professional goals. 3 credit hours earned for 145 hours, paid internships encouraged.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

• Earl Scruggs Center
• National Park Service (Grand Canyon)
• Lincoln County Historical Society
• National World War I Museum
• Smithsonian Institution
• Levine Museum of the New South
• Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historical Landmarks Commission
• Latta Plantation

Job Placement Assistance

The Program Director works with each student to assess their career goals and matches appropriate coursework, internship, and work experience to build a foundation for placement success.

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

• Gaston County Museum
• Earl Scruggs Center
• Johnson C. Smith University
• Historic Ships in Baltimore
• Pennsbury Manor (William Penn House)
• Lincoln County Historical Association
• Paul Revere Museum
• Colonial Williamsburg
• State of Tennessee