Program Introduction

Established in 2002, Western Carolina University's History Department Graduate Program offers students an MA in History with a public history focus. A current average of three students graduate annually with the MA public history track. Undergraduate students majoring in History who meet appropriate qualifications are eligible to apply for our Accelerated Bachelor/Master's Degree in History with the public history track.

Degrees Offered

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

Program Strengths

  • Local/Community History
  • Museum Studies

Credit Hour Requirements


Full-time Program Staff/Faculty

The history program has 14 full-time faculty.

Financial Aid Available

Assistantships and scholarships are available.

Deadline To Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Internship Requirements

Students work with the public history director to secure an internship for 3 hours of course credit.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

  • Mountain Heritage Center
  • Highlands Biological Station Archive
  • Appalachian Women’s Museum
  • Hunter Library Special and Digital Collections
  • Buncombe County Special Collections
  • Western Office, North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

Community & Institutional Connections

The Mountain Heritage Center