24 months
1010 USD/credit 15150 USD/year
1010 USD/credit 15150 USD/year
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The Master of Arts in Public History offered by St. Mary's University is designed for students interested in museum studies, heritage tourism, documentary filmmaking, digital history and archives.


The Public History offered by St. Mary's University trains new generations of historians in the presentation of inclusive, ethical and responsible representations of the past. The Public History graduate program engages students with history in real-world settings outside of the academic environment. This program pairs traditional historical content and interpretation with tools and strategies that engage the public in the historical past and the world.

The 30-credit-hour graduate program is designed for aspiring public historians, K-12 educators and individuals in professional settings wishing to pursue advanced professional training in public history. Our program prepares students for public history positions in San Antonio and Texas broadly, as well as nationally. We specialize in preparing public history professionals who use digital tools and media to curate public history experiences in a variety of tourist and cultural environments.

Key facts:

The graduate program builds on projects and partnerships already well-established with local, state and national institutions including the Alamo, the Institute of Texan Cultures, the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Sam Houston, the Archdiocese of San Antonio, museums in the Rio Grande Valley, the Texas World War I Centennial Committee, Ford’s Theatre and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., museums in Chicago and in Springfield, Illinois, among others.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Public History
  • Public History Methods (Conceptualizing Capstone Project)
  • Public History in the Digital Age
  • Internship in Public History

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

students are encouraged to submit their application by the preferred date: 1 July


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application for Graduate Admission – no fee
  • Official university transcripts– graduate applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent from an accredited college or university. Request an official transcript from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended be sent to St. Mary’s University Office of Admission for Graduate Studies.
  • Letters of Recommendation – Two professional recommendations (three are required for doctoral programs) are also needed from individuals who can address your intellectual competence and potential for success (i.e. professors, employers, etc.). Recommendations must be written on institutional/business letterhead.
  • Statement of Purpose – The Statement of Purpose should identify your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree, your experience in the field and your plans for the degree upon graduation.
  • Graduate Admission Test Scores

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15150 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1010 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    15150 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1010 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for San Antonio

972 - 1507 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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