Program Introduction

Established in 1980, the Public History Program admits six to eight students each year. The program offers an MA in History with a concentration in Public History, a Ph.D. field in Public History, and a graduate certificate in Cultural Resource Management. Approximately 80 students have graduated from the program.

Degrees Offered

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

Program Strengths

  • Other

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually



Financial Aid Available

Tuition Waiver

Deadline To Apply

See program website for details.

Internship Requirements

Required. Internships are arranged by the Director of Public History and the student.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

• Smithsonian National Museum of American History
• Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park
• Fredricksburg & Spotsylvania National Memorial Park
• Gettysburg National Historic Park
• Richmond National Battlefield Park
• Arthurdale Heritage, Inc.
• Cockayne House/Marshall County Historical Society
• West Virginia State Museum
• West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office
• U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center

Job Placement Assistance

Job announcements are disseminated to current students and alumni through listservs.

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

• Richmond National Battlefield Park
• Fredricksburg & Spotsylvania National Memorial Park
• West Virginia State Archives
• Preservation Alliance of West Virginia
• Meadowcroft Rockshelter
• The Jewish Museum of Maryland
• Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
• Appalachian Forest Heritage Area
• Records Management Division, Missouri Office of the Secretary of State
• GAI Consultants
• West Virginia Hall Museum
• Northern Kentucky University
• Wheeling National Heritage Area