Program Introduction

Students in UNCW's Public History Program receive a Master in Arts in History, with a concentration in public history. Through the program, our students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to begin careers in museums, historic sites, archives, and historic preservation agencies, and gain a foundation for their future career paths. Our students have diverse opportunities to explore and learn the many aspects of public history practice, including collections care and management, museum education, historic site interpretation, exhibit design, historic preservation, museum administration, archives management, oral history, and digital history. Much of this training is offered through highly-structured practica in the local community.

Degrees Offered

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

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Historic Preservation
  • Historical Administration
  • Local/Community History
  • Material Culture
  • Museum Studies

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually


MAs produced last year


Financial Aid Available

Teaching Assistantships
In-state tuition

Deadline To Apply

February 15

Internship Requirements

Students are required to complete 6 credits (3 2-credit experiences) in practica at local public history institutions. Practica are arranged in consultation with the director of the public history program and are jointly supervised by the director and a professional public historian in the field.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

  • Cape Fear Museum of History and Science
  • New Hanover County Library — North Carolina Room
  • Burgwin-Wright House
  • Historic Wilmington Foundation
  • Bellamy Mansion
  • UNCW Archives
  • UNCW Special Collections
  • Wrightsville Beach Museum
  • Latimer House

Job Placement Assistance

The required practica allow students to engage directly with the professional public history community. Local institutions regularly offer our students and graduates paid employment, both full- and part-time.

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

  • Atlanta History Center
  • COSI (Columbus, OH Science Museum)
  • North Carolina State Capitol
  • Burgwin-Wright House
  • Bellamy Mansion
  • Hull House
  • Onslow (NC) County Museum
  • Cape Fear Museum of History and Science
  • Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson (a North Carolina State Historic Site)
  • Shadows-on-the-Teche
  • University of North Carolina Special Collections