Program Introduction

Established in the late 1960s as an archival program, the NC State University Public History Program embraced other components of public history and changed its name in the 1980s. The program offers a PhD in Public History, an MA in Public History, and a dual-degree MA in Public History and Masters of Information and Library Science (a partnership with UNC Chapel Hill). The program admits four doctoral and fifteen masters students per year. Specializations include Museum Studies, Cultural Heritage, African American and Native American Public History, International Public History and Archives. Graduate certificates are available in Digital Humanities, Nonprofits Management, and more.

Degrees Offered

  • M.A. in Public History
  • Ph.D. in Public History

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Digital Media
  • Historical Administration
  • Historical Archaeology
  • Library Science Program
  • Local/Community History
  • Material Culture
  • Museum Studies
  • Oral History
  • Philanthropic studies

How Many Students are Admitted Annually



Financial Aid Available

Assistantship placements (GSSP or Graduate Student Support Package) are available in classrooms, museums, digital history, centers, and libraries. These come with tuition remission, health insurance and a stipend ($10,000 per year for MA students and $15,000 for PhD students).

Deadline To Apply

January 15

Internship Requirements

Internships are required for both the doctoral and masters programs. Students take three credit hours requiring a minimum of 150 hours in a professional setting. We discourage unpaid internships.