Program Introduction

Temple University's History department has been training public historians for over thirty years. Its MA concentration in public history, introduced in 2008, admits approximately five to seven students each year. Additionally, the department awards the competitive Allen F. Davis Fellowship in Public History to one new PhD student each year. Temple-trained public historians can be found working throughout the United States in archives, museums, historical societies, and government.

Degrees Offered

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

Program Strengths

  • Digital Media
  • Historical Administration
  • Local/Community History
  • Material Culture
  • Museum Studies
  • Oral History

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually



Deadline To Apply

Dec. 15; Feb. 15

Internship Requirements

All students must complete a three-credit internship arranged in coordination with the program director and a host institution. Possibilities for compensation vary according to the position.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

• Pennsylvania Historical Society
• Fairmont Park Historic Preservation Trust
• National Civil War Museum
• Please Touch Museum
• National Constitutional Center
• Society for the Preservation of Philadelphia Landmarks
• American Philosophical Society
• Philadelphia Museum of History

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

• Historical Society of Pennsylvania
• American Philosophical Society
• Wells Fargo Museum
• Princeton University Archives
• Y.M.C.A.