Program Introduction

The University of Louisville has offered training in public history since 2009. Students enrolled in our history M.A. have the option of selecting public history as a major or minor field. We also offer an 18-hour graduate certificate in public history that can be earned by itself or combined with a M.A. in history or a closely related field. Our curriculum emphasizes broad-based training in public history and strong balance between applied and academic skills. Faculty strengths concentrate on digital history, oral history, and historic preservation.

Degrees Offered

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

Program Strengths

  • Digital Media
  • Historic Preservation
  • Local/Community History
  • Museum Studies
  • Oral History

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually


Financial Aid Available

See program website for details.

Deadline To Apply

Rolling admissions. Applicants to the M.A. program who wish to be considered for funding must apply by February 19. For details, please see the program website.

Internship Requirements

Yes. Internships taken for academic credit are expected to last one semester (approx. 225 hours). All work must be approved by the department’s internship coordinator.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

  • Archives and Special Collections, Ekstrom Library, University of Louisville
  • Farmington Historic Plantation
  • Filson Historical Society
  • Frazier History Museum
  • Historic Locust Grove
  • Kentucky Historical Society
  • Kentucky Science Center
  • Preservation Louisville, Inc.
  • Riverside, the Farnsley-Mormen Landing
  • Strategic Air and Space Museum, Ashland, Nebraska
  • World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana

Job Placement Assistance

Yes. Informal consultation with program faculty.

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

  • Archives and Special Collections, Ekstrom Library, University of Louisville
  • Clark-Floyd Counties (Indiana) Convention and Tourism Bureau
  • Humana Corporation
  • Indiana Historical Society
  • Kentucky Chapter, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Kentucky Historical Society
  • The Hermitage, Nashville, Tennessee