Program Introduction

Established in 1977, the Public History program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee admits eight to 12 students per year. The program offers an MA in History with a Public History specialization. Students can focus on museum studies, historic preservation, archives, or write a thesis. Hundreds of students have graduated from the program over the past 35 years, and approximately eight to ten students graduate each year. A joint MA-MLIS degree is also available with the School of Library and Information Studies, and some students elect to add a certificate in Non-Profit Management.

Degrees Offered

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

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Digital Media
  • Historic Preservation
  • Library Science Program
  • Local/Community History
  • Museum Studies
  • Oral History

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually



Financial Aid Available

Teaching Assistantships

Deadline To Apply

December 1

Job Placement Assistance

We keep students informed of job openings, help them access our alumni network, and write letters of support.

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

• Stearns History Museum (Minnesota)
• Defense Media Activity (U.S. Department of Defense)
• Johnson Wax Corporate Archives
• Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research
• Logan Museum of Anthropology (Beloit College)
• History Museum at the Castle
• Milwaukee County Historical Society

Degrees Offered

  • B.A. in History

Deadline To Apply

See program website for details.