Program Introduction

The Public History Certificate Program at Marshall University accepted its first applicants to the program in 2012. As a Graduate Certificate Program within the University’s Department of History, the Program admits two students per year on average. Students must complete a total of 18 credit hours at the graduate level to earn the certificate. Three students have been awarded the Certificate in Public History to date.

Degrees Offered

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

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Digital Media
  • Local/Community History
  • Material Culture
  • Oral History

Credit Hour Requirements

18 credit hours in the prescribed Public History Certificate Program are required.

How Many Students are Admitted Annually


Financial Aid Available

The History Department at Marshall University has a limited number of Graduate Assistantships available.

Deadline To Apply

October 1 (spring term); March 1 (fall term).

Internship Requirements

Required. Internships, which are a required six (6) credit hours, are arranged through the Certificate Program Director. The internships are part of the regular coursework and are unpaid.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

• Marshall University Archives and Special Collections Department
• West Virginia State Archives

Job Placement Assistance

The University offers a job placement service and successful students in the Certificate Program receive letters of recommendation.

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

• West Virginia Legislative Research Services
• Franklin Park Conservatory (Columbus, OH)