Program Introduction

The Department of History at IUPUI has offered Masters-level training in public history since the mid-1980s. More than 100 students have graduated from the program, with four to eight students graduating on an annual basis. Public history at IUPUI admits five to ten students per year depending the applicant pool and available funding. The program offers an MA in history with a public history track; joint MA degrees with the School of Library and Information Science and the Center on Philanthropy. Students may earn certificates in Museum Studies and Documentary Editing. The program has a close working relationship with Museum Studies.

Degrees Offered

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

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Digital Media
  • Editing
  • Historical Administration
  • Historic Preservation
  • Library Science Program
  • Material Culture
  • Museum Studies
  • Oral History
  • Philanthropic studies

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually


Financial Aid Available

Fellowships, Stipends, Tuition Waivers, Midwest Student Exchange Tuition Rate

Internship Requirements

Required. Internships are arranged by the Director of Public History. Four credit hours count towards the 30 credits needed to graduate.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

American Legion National Headquarters Archives
Capitol Tours, Indiana State Capitol
Discover Indiana Phone App
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
Indiana State Archives & Public Records Commission
Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology
Indiana Historical Bureau
Indiana Historical Society (Positions in Exhibitions, Collections, Press, Public Programs)
Indiana Humanities
Indiana Medical History Museum
Indianapolis Public Library, Oral History Project
IUPUI Oral History Project
Indiana University Health Archives
James Whitcomb Riley Historic House
Newfields (Indianapolis Museum of Art) Archives
National Council on Public History