Program Introduction

Established in 1984, Duke Graduate Liberal Studies is a flexible, self-designed 30-hour master’s program grounded in the interdisciplinary liberal arts. Students with an interest in public history can draw upon the resources of Duke and the other universities in North Carolina's Research Triangle to develop their own, customized curriculum to build skills and knowledge relevant to public history practice. The program matriculates 20-30 students per year and has over 750 alumni.

Degrees Offered

  • Other

Program Strengths

  • Digital Media
  • Local/Community History
  • Oral History
  • Other

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually


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Full-time Program Staff/Faculty

Anne Mitchell Whisnant, Ph.D.

Kent W. Wicker, Ph.D.


Financial Aid Available

Discounted tuition (versus regular Duke graduate tuition)
Limited merit-based tuition scholarships
Travel and research grants
Campus employment

Deadline To Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Job Placement Assistance

Duke University's Graduate School offers a robust suite of professional development seminars, workshops, and resources, all of which are available to Duke GLS students. Learn more here:

Job Placement Percentage Within One Year