Program Introduction

Established in 1997, the Public History Track for students pursuing an MA in Historical Studies at UMBC admits fifteen to twenty students each year. The program specializes in community based public history. Over their course of study, students will work on a variety of real-world projects with external partners in local, regional, or national historical organizations. Specialty courses in public history practice are offered on a regular, rotating schedule. Students can work with the public history program director to select courses leading to one of three specialties: public history in museums, public history in preservation, or public history content development for digital environments. In 2014, the Department of History established a minor in public history, which offers undergraduate students the opportunity to learn public history methods and explore various areas of specialization and professional practice.

Degrees Offered

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

Program Strengths

  • Historic Preservation
  • Museum Studies

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually




MAs produced last year


Financial Aid Available

In-State Status

Deadline To Apply

February 15 for Fall

Internship Requirements

Internships are arranged in consultation with the Director of Public History. While internships have generally been unpaid, there are a growing number of paid internship opportunities in the greater Baltimore-Washington metropolitan region.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

• United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
• Maryland State Archives
• Maryland Historical Society
• Baltimore Heritage
• National Museum of American History
• National Electronics Museum
• Laurel Historical Society
• Montgomery County Historical Society
• National Park Service

Job Placement Assistance

Current job and internship announcements are listed on the History Department website. Two campus resources --the Job Placement Center and the Shriver Center-- also offer career assistance for students and alumni.

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

  • National Park Service
  • Historic Annapolis
  • National Human Genome Research Institute
  • Jefferson County Museum
  • Baltimore Museum of Industry
  • Maryland Historical Society
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Social Security Administration
  • Aberdeen Public Library
  • New England Historic Genealogical Society
  • WK Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas


Degrees Offered

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