Program Introduction

Established in 1973, the Public History Program at UCR offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history with a concentration in Public History. The program has built strong partnerships with local institutions, including museums, archives, land conservancies, city planning organizations, and heritage sites. It offers graduate students a unique experience, combining hands-on work in the fields of public history with rigorous academic training. The program admits five to ten students per year.

Degrees Offered

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

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Historic Preservation
  • Museum Studies

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually


Financial Aid Available

Tuition Waiver
In-State Status

Deadline To Apply

See program website for details.

Internship Requirements

Required. Internships are arranged in a collaborative effort between the Public History Program Director, faculty, and the student.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

• Autry National Center
• City of Los Angeles Historic Preservation Office
• City of Riverside Historic Preservation Office
• Colonial Williamsburg
• Museum of the Holocaust
• National Park Service
• National Trust for Historic Preservation
• NBC/Universal Studios Archive
• National Museum of American History
• Pacifica Radio Archives
• Sherman Indian Institute
• San Bernardino National Forest Applied Archaeology Field School
• California State Parks, Old Town, San Diego

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

• Autry National Center
• Nixon Library and Museum
• Mission Inn Foundation and Museum
• Central Florida University, Orlando
• LSA Associates (Community and Land Use Planning)
• Meiji University, Tokyo
• Middle Tennessee State University
• Native American Land Conservancy
• Northern Cheyenne Tribal Museum, Little Bighorn Community College, Montana