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Public History, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #561 (QS) , SC,
We have the largest history department in South Carolina, offering the most comprehensive course of study in the state and one of the most competitive in the region and nation.


As a history major, through in-depth analysis of the evolution of social, economics, cultural-intellectual and political patterns and events, you’ll develop an understanding of and appreciation for the life and development of various cultures, institutions and civilizations. You will become an expert at answering the question “Who are we and how did we get here?” You will learn how to situate yourself in the long continuum of human experience and how to find meaning in the past.

Depending on their interests, graduate students can earn one of two master's degrees — history or public history. One of the oldest programs in the country, the public history program trains students for careers in museum administration, archive management and historic preservation. It is the only public history program in the country to win the prestigious Robert Kelley Memorial Award, recognizing its “distinguished and outstanding achievements in public history.” 

Graduate students can also earn their Ph.D. in History or certificates either in historical archaeology and cultural resource management or in museum management.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to the Study of History
  • History and Theory of Museums
  • Business History
  • History and Theory
  • Modern British Material Culture
  • Comparative History of Time
  • Comparative Applied History, U.S. and U.K.
  • Material Culture Studies
  • Historic Site Interpretation
  • Archival Administration and Techniques
  • Historical Editing

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

In order to complete the application you will need to gather several pieces of information including the following:

  • A baccalaureate degree (or the international equivalent) from an accredited college or university
  • Standardized Test scores (consult the program to which you are applying for particular test requirements)
  • Official Transcripts
  • Two or more letters of recommendation
  • Application
  • Application Fee $50
  • English Proficiency Requirement

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29760 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14880 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    29760 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14880 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    13734 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6867 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Columbia

  • 999 - 1510 USD/month
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