Program Introduction

Established in 2018, the Public History Certificate at Virginia Commonwealth University admits five to eight students each year. The program also offers an MA in History, with a joint certificate in Public History. In 2019, three students graduated with the certificate, and five more are anticipated in 2020. Program offerings include courses in the History, Art History, Public Administration, and Urban and Regional Studies departments.

Degrees Offered

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

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Digital Media
  • Historic Preservation
  • Local/Community History
  • Material Culture
  • Museum Studies
  • Oral History

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually


MAs produced last year


Financial Aid Available

Graduate Teaching Assistantships, scholarships

Deadline To Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Internship Requirements

Internships are arranged by the internship coordinator in the History Department who, after interviewing the student, establishes a match. Students may earn up to 6 internship credits to count toward the certificate. They may or may not be paid.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

  • Agecroft Hall
  • American Civil War Museum
  • Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia
  • Henricus Historical Park
  • Library of Virginia
  • St. Gertrude’s High School
  • University of Mary Washington
  • VCU Virtual Curation Laboratory
  • Virginia Department of Historic Resources
  • Virginia Museum of History and Culture
  • Virginia War Memorial

Job Placement Assistance

Networking through alumni and internship positions

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

  • Wilton House Museum
  • American Civil War Museum
  • Library of Virginia
  • Virginia Museum of History and Culture
  • Daughters of the America Revolution Museum
  • Menokin Historical Site