Public History

St. John's University

24 months
1265 USD/credit
1265 USD/credit
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Practitioners of Public History document, preserve, and interpret the past. Applicants are expected to demonstrate a strong background in the humanities and social sciences, familiarity with media technologies and a commitment to community service.


This two-year, Master of Arts program consists of 24 credits in History, Museum Studies, and Archival Management, a six-credit internship and an additional three-credit research project.

Students find opportunities for service, internship, and independent study throughout New York City.

Given the growing merger of issues relating to collecting information and collections accessibility in libraries, archives, and museums, St. John’s University also offers a dual master’s degree in Public History and Library and Information Science. Our Division of Library and Information Science is the American Library Association (ALA)-accredited and features an archival specialization.

Career Outcomes

A master's degree in Public History will prepare you for growing career opportunities in such fields as: 

  • Archives
  • Museum Curation
  • Conservation
  • Genealogy
  • Corporations
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Government Agencies
  • Film and Television

As part of the program, you’ll complete 240 internship hours under the supervision of SJU faculty and a professional internship sponsor. 

The students complete internships at exciting locations around New York City, including Ellis Island National Historic Park and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Public History
  • Modern Historical Research
  • Public History Electives
  • Additional Electives
  • Internship
  • Capstone Project

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


33 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
80 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

Admission requirements:

  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Evidence of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Official results of performance on standardized tests

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1265 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1265 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    1265 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1265 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


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