Public History, M.A. | Carleton University | Ottawa, Canada
24 months
18463 CAD/year
6657 CAD/year
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The Public History MA program from Carleton University is designed to equip historians with an enhanced awareness of the specific challenges of applying historical knowledge and methodologies in the public sphere. A critical component is engagement with the field of public history and the work of public historians. Many courses involve collaborative projects with community partners.


Faculty members in the Public History MA program from Carleton University work closely with history institutions, groups and activists in the region. Challenging yet flexible, the curriculum combines graduate courses in history with specialized courses that explore the practice and theory of public history. 

Paid internships are available in the summer between first and second year (subject to availability). Students hone their research, analytical and presentation skills through a major research project.

Capital Advantage

The program has ready access to the capital’s national cultural resources—museums, archives, historic sites and monuments—as well as local historical resources of the province. The National Capital Region is a wonderful laboratory for studying public memory, digital history, archives, visual culture, local history, narrativity, oral history, commemoration, museums, performance, place, archives, social media and other faculty research interests. At the same time, course materials and student research projects are international in scope and situated within transnational comparative frameworks of Ontario and Quebec and the City of Ottawa. Internships and class projects often lead to career opportunities.

Career Opportunities 

Our students find networking, employment and internship opportunities with archives and museums, agencies such as Parks Canada, Canadian Heritage, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, the National Capital Commission and many non-profit organizations, such as the Canadian Medical Association. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Historical Theory and Method
  • Power
  • Consumption
  • European History Special Topics
  • Colonialism and Postcolonialism in Canada

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • An honours bachelor’s degree, or the equivalent, with at least a B+ average. 

Tuition Fee

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    6657 CAD/year
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Living costs for Ottawa

1168 - 1925 CAD /month
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