Program Introduction

UNCG students earn a Master’s degree in History with a concentration in Museum Studies. The program places a premium on bridging theory and practice. Every semester students complete collaborative projects, start‐to‐ finish, that make a difference in our region—museum exhibitions, public programs, interpretive websites, collections management plans, etc. In 2013, the program won NCPH’s “Best Graduate Student Project” award. The program has ongoing partnerships with area history organizations—the Greensboro Historical Museum, International Civil Rights Center and Museum, High Point Museum, the National Park Service, Elsewhere, NC Museum of History, and others. Students supplement a three-semester Museum Studies seminar sequence with electives, including Museum Education, Collections, and Digital History. As well, students complete public history capstones, two-semester independent-study public projects. Established in 2000, the program enrolls (and graduates) 10 students each year.

Degrees Offered

  • Other

Program Strengths

  • Digital Media
  • Historic Preservation
  • Historical Administration
  • Local/Community History
  • Museum Studies
  • Oral History

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually


Financial Aid Available

-graduate assistantships, (incl. running National History Day regional; paid internship with free housing at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park NPS site)
-scholarships and tuition waivers, in-state & out-of-state.
Students are considered for these awards on merit basis at time of admission

Deadline To Apply

February 1

Internship Requirements

Internships are integrated into UNCG’s curriculum (3 credit hours). Students work with the Director of Public History to identify and pursue internship placements, working with institutions locally and (over the summer) across the country. Some of these opportunities are paid, while others are not.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

• National Museum of American History
• Chicago History Museum
• Oakland Museum of California
• Minnesota Historical Society
• Humanities Tennessee
• North Carolina Museum of History
• Margaret Mitchell House/Atlanta
• The Charleston Museum (South Carolina)
• Petersburg National Battlefield
• Old Salem Museums and Gardens
• Thomas Wolfe Memorial Historic Site
• Stan Hywet Museum and Gardens (Ohio)
• Newport Historical Society
• International Civil Rights Center and Museum
• Gettysburg National Military Park
• Greensboro Historical Museum
• Museum of International Folk Art
• Museums of Old York (Maine)
• Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (New Mexico)
• Eastern State Penitentiary (Pennsylvania)
• Levine Museum of the New South

Job Placement Assistance

We help students find their place in an the field. We connect them to a national network of contacts and offer a series of job-preparation opportunities, including travel support to conferences, information-interviewing, résumé and cover-letter workshops, mock-interview sessions, and career forums.

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

• Missouri Historical Society
• Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum
• Kansas Historical Society
• Petersburg National Battlefield
• Rhode Island Historical Society
• Kentucky Historical Society
• James A. Garfield National Historic Site
• Stratford Hall Plantation
• Monticello
• Westchester Township History Museum (Indiana)
• Historical Museum of Southern Florida
• Town of Windsor Museum (Colorado)
• Orange County Historical Society (North Carolina)
• Hampton Roads Naval Museum
• Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks
• Alliance for Historic Hillsborough
• Daughters of the American Revolution Museum (Washington, D.C.)
• Roanoke Island Festival Park
• Shirley Plantation (Virginia)
• Thomas Wolfe Memorial Historic Site
• Newberry Library (Chicago)