History, M.A. Museum Studies Concentration


The Museum Studies concentration provides graduate-level preparation in the core history program as well as first hand training in museum work. In this nationally renowned master’s program, students are prepared to enter the job market in museums and historic sites.

Our program bridges theory and practice. Every semester students complete collaborative projects, start‐to‐finish, that make a difference in our region. They create museum exhibitions, public programs, interpretive websites, collections management plans, and more.  

The program has ongoing partnerships with area history organizations, and students complete internships – and find jobs – across the country.


  • Ranked among the nation’s top graduate programs in history by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Students work directly with faculty mentors who are world-renowned scholars in their fields. 
  • The museum studies concentration at UNCG is nationally recognized and respected, leading to high job placement rates for graduates. 


  • A hallmark of this program is the opportunity to participate in hands-on public history projects. Past projects have collaborated with the Historic Magnolia House, the International Civil Rights Center and Museum, and the North Carolina Council on the Holocaust. 
  • Engaging internships are available. Students have interned at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum, Greensboro Historical Museum, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, and Gettysburg National Military Park. 
  • The History Department at UNCG is an engaged community of scholars. Students can work side-by-side with faculty members, make valuable connections with alumni of our programs, and gain rich experiences through engaging with community partners. 


  • Graduates of this program boast a high job placement rate in museum-related careers.
  • Class of 2020 graduates secured positions at
    • Colonial Williamsburg 
    • The Museum of the Aleutians in Alaska
    • The North Carolina Museum of Art
    • The President James K. Polk Historic Site 
    • Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts 
  • Career examples include: 
    • Archivist
    • Exhibit Designer
    • Museum Curator
    • Museum Educator
    • Historic Preservationist

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Program Details

Degree Type: Master's

College/School: College of Arts and Sciences

Program Type: Majors & Concentrations

Class Type: In Person

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Dr. Anne E. Parsons
Director of Public History
Department of History