Public History, M.A.

Public History, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
, KY,
The graduate program in public history is a terminal professional degree for students seeking professional development training for careers in history outside of the academy and traditional educational settings, including museums, historic sites, libraries and in historic preservation. The program offers advanced study in history and advanced methodological training in a variety of public fields.


The Master of Arts in Public History (MAPH) is a flexible program that provides both traditional history educational experiences and opportunities to complete professional methods training.

The course sequence will be determined by the student, public history program director, and the graduate program director of the selected department. A proficiency sequence may be completed in a discipline not listed here, but this must be approved by the public history program director.

Course requirements

Students need to be aware of the following requirements of the program:

  • eighteen credit hours must be at the 600 level.
  • a maximum of nine credit hours of transfer credit will be allowed.
  • an overall GPA must be a minimum of 3.0 to qualify for graduation.
  • no more than six hours of C grades will be counted toward the MA in Public History.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Introduction to Public History
  • Museum Education and Interpretation
  • Administration and Collections Management
  • Research and Writing Public History
  • Capstone
  • Introduction to Historical Preservation
  • Cultural Site Interpretation
  • Museum Education and Interpretation
  • Exhibits in Museums and Historical Sites
  • Theory and Practice of Oral History
  • Local and Regional Research Methods
  • Cultural Heritage Tourism
  • Historical Editing

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Duration description

      Graduate students are expected to complete their master’s degrees and certificates within six years

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

To be considered for regular admission to the MAPH program, you will need to complete and submit the following:
  • An application for graduate admission to Northern Kentucky University.
  • Application fee.
  • An official transcript indicating a bachelor’s degree in history or a related field from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in major area coursework.
  • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work.
  • Two letters of reference;
  • A letter of intent that clearly articulates your interest in public history and your abilities to pursue graduate level study.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    822 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 822 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State Applies to you

    534 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 534 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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  • Per credit hour rate

Living costs for Highland Heights

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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