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Public History, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months


Public historians are trained to explain past human behavior in a variety of different contexts. It is history that is seen through museum exhibits, internet websites, documentaries, books, articles and audio-visual presentations

The Master of Arts in Public History is a 36-credit-hour program that offers students optimal guidance in theory and practice. Courses are scheduled in the evening, allowing students the opportunity to continue working while they pursue the degree.

Outside the classroom, students participate in community-based projects, giving them the opportunity to build a strong, professional portfolio. A capstone project serves as the culminating experience.

As part of their methodological training, Public History students participate in community-based projects that serve a dual purpose. The projects help an organization fulfill its mission while also giving students an opportunity to hone much needed work skills.

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

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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).

  • 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

    943 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 943 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National Applies to you

    738 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 738 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State Applies to you

    613 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 613 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Highland Heights

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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