Program Introduction

Established in 2014, the M.A. in History with Public History emphasis at N.A.U. admits students each semester and each receives some type of financial aid. Students take Public History and Interpretation as either a primary or secondary field in one of three tracks--thesis, project, or comprehensive exams. All take Introduction to Public History, where they contribute to BYU's Intermountain Histories project, a public history elective, and an internship. Recent internship partners include the National Park Service, Lowell Observatory, the Arizona Historical Society, Arizona State Parks, the Utah Historical Society, NAU Special Collections and Archives, and Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site/Archives. Four students graduate annually.

Degrees Offered

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

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Digital Media
  • Historic Preservation
  • Local/Community History
  • Material Culture
  • Museum Studies

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually


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Financial Aid Available

Teaching Assistantships in the history department which include full tuition waivers and $12,000/year stipends; Arizona resident waivers which reduce tuition to zero; Non-resident waivers which reduce tuition to resident levels. Fellowships are available for travel, research, and exhibits.

Deadline To Apply

October 15 for spring admission; February 15 for fall admission

Internship Requirements

Students arrange their own internship which counts for three credit hours of their required coursework. They must work on average 135 contact hours to equal three credit hours. We have standing relationships for internships (many of which are paid) with local organizations including the National Park Service, Lowell Observatory, Arizona Historical Society, Arizona State Parks, and NAU Special Collections and Archives.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

  • National Park Service at Wupatki National Monument
  • Lowell Observatory
  • Arizona Historical Society Pioneer Museum
  • Riordan Mansion State Park
  • The Utah Historical Society
  • NAU Special Collections and Archives
  • Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives

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

  • National Park Service
  • Arizona State Parks
  • Lowell Observatory
  • Arizona Historical Society