Program Introduction

Wayne State University offers a 33-credit MA in Public History. The interdisciplinary program, established in 2015, is housed in the Department of History and incorporates coursework from history, anthropology, political science, library science, and urban planning. We offer tracks in Museum Studies; Cultural Resource Management; Public Policy; African American History and Culture; Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies; and Urban and Labor History.

Degrees Offered

  • B.A. in History
  • M.A. in History
  • M.A. in Public History
  • Ph.D. in History

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Historical Archaeology
  • Library Science Program
  • Local/Community History
  • Museum Studies
  • Other
  • Public Policy

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually


Financial Aid Available

Tuition scholarships are available from the graduate school (applications due March 1)

Deadline To Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Internship Requirements

All students must complete at least one 3-credit internship (135 hours). It is the responsibility of the student, in consultation with an advisor, to identify a relevant internship opportunity.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

  • Detroit Historical Society
  • The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
  • Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
  • Yale Indian Papers

Job Placement Assistance

The Department runs a Career Diversity Speaker Series, professional development workshops, assists students with portfolio development, and arranges for career mentoring by public history practitioners from among our community partners.