Master of Arts in History

Photo of students working on a project If you have an undergraduate degree in history or a related field, this is the option for you. Our program starts from the premise that the core skills of gathering and reading evidence, analyzing, and writing are powerful, transferable skills that will serve you well in any part of the public history field. That's why students get a Master's in history with a concentration in Museum Studies.

Museum Studies concentration

The Museum Studies concentration offers a broad-based training in how to build relationships between history and public audiences, focusing on the theory and practice of telling stories through museums, historic sites, and other cultural institutions. It introduces students to the tools that public historians use; examines contemporary models for how best to reach audiences in ways that make history meaningful; and offers concrete experience in the development of public projects, collaboration, and leadership. Students engage in re-thinking how the professional practices of collecting, preserving, and interpreting the past are changing in the 21st century.

Historic Preservation concentration

The concentration in Historic Preservation in the History Department has been identified for discontinuation. Applicants may be counseled to identify a different concentration.