Program Introduction

Established in 1989, the Capital Campus Public History Program at Sacramento State University admits fifteen to twenty students each year. The program offers an MA in history with emphases in archival management, museums, historic preservation, and cultural resources management. Professional seminars are taught by public historians currently working in the field. Approximately 120 students have graduated from the program. A joint PhD with UC Santa Barbara is also available.

Degrees Offered

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

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Historic Preservation
  • Local/Community History
  • Museum Studies
  • Other

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually




MAs produced last year


Financial Aid Available

Grader positions
In-state tuition status
History department scholarships
Paid internships
Student assistant positions

Deadline To Apply

September 15, February 1

Internship Requirements

Internships are arranged with the assistance of the program director but students ultimately apply directly to those locations where they would like to complete their internships. We have a large internship network in the region and usually more available opportunities than we can fill. Students complete 3 semesters of internship for academic credit (9 total units/credit hours) as part of their program. Each internship is 135 hours with the partner institution for the semester and is worth 3 units (credit hours). Paid internships constitute 70-80% of all internships. Pay is typically hourly and at or above California minimum wage. Some internships carry a semester stipend instead. Internships can be completed in Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

California State Archives
California State Library
California State Parks (multiple divisions)
California State Railroad Museum
Sutter’s Fort
Aerospace Museum of California
Gibson House
Placer County Archives and Museums
Center for Sacramento History
Sacramento State Special Collections and University Archives
Crocker Art Museum
World War II Homefront Museum and Rose the Riveter National Historical Park
California Office of Historic Preservation
JRP Historical Consulting
ICF International
Page and Turnbull, Inc.
Sutter County Museum
North Central Information Center
Politismos Museum of Greek History
City of Sacramento Community Development Department
Sacramento Room (Special Collections of the Sacramento Public Library)
California Revealed
McClellan – California State Parks Archives
California Energy Commission

Job Placement Assistance

Career counseling, proprietary alumni listserv, networking

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

Sacramento State Special Collections and University Archives
California State Library
California State Parks (park, cultural, museum, and archive divisions)
Sutter’s Fort
JRP Consulting
California Museum
National Park Service
Sacramento History Museum
Levi Strauss Archive
California State Railroad Museum
Scantec Consulting
California Energy Commission
North Central Information Center
Office of Historic Preservation
City of Sacramento Community Development Department
Aerospace Museum of California
State of California
California Revealed