Program Introduction

CSU has been training public historians through our MA program since 1977. We offer fully-funded Graduate Student Assistantships to about 10 students each year. Other qualified applicants may be eligible for scholarships and research assistantships when available. We offer three paths to the MA: a thesis track, a non-thesis track, or a concentration in Cultural Resource Management & Historic Preservation. Students who wish to study general public history can do so on either the thesis or non-thesis track. Through the Public Lands History Center, our students have unparalleled opportunities to work on professional, paid public history projects for our nation's parks, state public lands, city governments, and non-profit organizations.

Degrees Offered

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

Program Strengths

  • Digital Media
  • Historic Preservation
  • Local/Community History
  • Material Culture
  • Oral History
  • Public Policy

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually

MA10 or more

MAs produced last year


Financial Aid Available

We offer approximately 10 Graduate Teaching Assistantships to incoming students each year. GTAs include full tuition waivers, monthly stipends, and some health insurance benefits. Through the Public Lands History Center, graduate students may also be hired onto paid research positions.

Deadline To Apply

February 1

Internship Requirements

Internships are required for all students studying public history, except those who choose to write a public history thesis. Public history students complete a 3-credit internship, typically during the summer between years 1 and 2. We have placed students in paid internships across the country, working for the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Dept. of Defense, at State Historic Preservation Offices, at Presidential libraries, in non-profit organizations, and in state and local government.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

  • Berthoud, CO Historical Society
  • City of Ft. Collins, CO Planning Dept. Historic Preservation Division
  • City of Greeley, CO Historic Preservation Office
  • CSU’s Center for the Environmental Management of Military Lands
  • CSU’s Public Lands History Center
  • Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site
  • Greater Portland (Maine) Landmarks
  • National Wildlife Research Center
  • New Belgium Brewery
  • Oregon State Historic Preservation Office
  • Pinyon Environmental Consulting, Inc.
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Yellowstone National Park


Job Placement Assistance

Our faculty are committed to providing high-quality mentorship to graduate students. Beyond the personal mentorship graduate students receive from their primary advisors and instructors, our department provides regular professional development and job search training.

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

Students who study public history in any of our programs of study are highly qualified, competitive, and successful on the job market for positions in historic preservation and cultural resources management; museums; non-profit work; and in federal, state, and local government. Some employers of our graduates over the last 5 years include:

  • Center for the Global Study of Slavery, Smithsonian Institution
  • Chicago History Museum
  • City of Ft. Collins Planning Dept., Historic Preservation
  • Colorado State Historic Preservation Office
  • CSU College of Business
  • Death Valley National Park
  • EBI Consulting
  • Forney Museum of Transportation
  • Front Range Community College
  • Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum
  • History Colorado
  • Lauth Investigations International
  • LMS Learning and Development, State of Colorado
  • Madwire Magazine
  • Mead & Hunt
  • Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Montana Parks and Wildlife
  • Montana State Historic Preservation Office
  • North Dakota Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
  • NPS Heritage Partnerships Program
  • Pinyon Environmental, Inc.
  • Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park (Arkansas)
  • Stevens Historical Research Associates
  • Tallgrass Prairie Center
  • Town of Frisco, CO Museum
  • Town of Lyons, CO Planning Office
  • Weld Central High School, CO
  • Yellowstone National Park