Public History, M.A. | Duquesne University | Pittsburgh, United States
12 months
1363 USD/credit 49068 USD/year
1363 USD/credit 49068 USD/year
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Public History programs at Duquesne University give you skills to deal with different audiences, various materials, and multiple contexts. It is often called 'applied history', because it mixes deep historical knowledge with theory and practice.


Public History is history that happens outside of a textbook and the classroom. Public Historians interpret the past for the public in museums, national parks, historic houses, or on main streets.

Why Study Public History at Duquesne University?

For more than thirty years Duquesne's Public History Program has introduced graduate students to the theories and practices of the field. The Public History program of Duquesne University, which has nearly 400 alumni,

  • offers cutting-edge courses,
  • assigns professional internships, 
  • and prepares you for rewarding careers in both for-profit and non-profit sectors, including private companies, museums, archives, libraries, parks, battlefields, government agencies, and historic homes and sites in a variety of local, state, and national locations.


There are any number of potential career paths open to you with a Master's degree in Public History. Archives, museums, and national parks, are all traditional avenues of employment for public history professionals, but your degree can also take you in many other directions. For instance, Public Historians are employed in a wide variety of places, including small-town historical societies, local and state governments, the Supreme Court, and even Fortune 500 companies. In your classes and internships you will get a chance to sample different skills and work environments to get a taste for how varied the field is.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Studies in Material and Visual Culture
  • Museums and Society
  • Cultural Resources Management
  • Commemoration and Preservation
  • Building Narratives in Public History
  • Museum Exhibits and Management

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A 3.0 GPA in overall undergraduate studies.
    • Official transcripts recording all baccalaureate work
    • Official GRE scores, including verbal, quantitative, and writing sections
    • Three confidential letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant's academic studies or professional work
    • A brief (2-3 page) personal statement explaining your educational and/or professional experience thus far, your academic interests, the reason why you are pursuing graduate studies at Duquesne, and your career goals
    • A resume or curriculum vitae.
    • An academic writing sample, not to exceed 25 pages (double-spaced).
    • An official score report indicating satisfactory performance on TOEFL examination (applicable to international students only)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    49068 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1363 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    49068 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1363 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Pittsburgh

1148 - 1944 USD /month
Living costs

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