Master On Campus

Heritage Studies and Public History

University of Minnesota

12 months
28344 USD/year
28344 USD/year
18720 USD/year
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Driven to advance social justice, the Heritage Studies and Public History program of the University of Minnesota addresses the critical need for diversity and inclusion in the heritage fields, both in terms of the pasts that are represented and in the practitioners that are employed.


Interdisciplinary collaboration

As an HSPH student you will contribute to the project of democratizing heritage by collaborating with communities to bring multiple perspectives of the past into conversation. An interdisciplinary  program, the Heritage Studies and Public History program of the University of Minnesota blends elements of archival research, archaeology, material culture studies, architecture, preservation and digital humanities. In HSPH, history and heritage fuel the activism and learning necessary for a more just and equitable future.

Partnership in practice

The Heritage Studies and Public History program is made possible by a partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS). This partnership enables all HSPH master’s students to complete two paid in-semester internships and a paid summer fellowship. Working together, HSPH and MNHS combine theory and practice to foreground diversity, interdisciplinary inquiry, experiential learning, and community engagement. Minnesota Historical Society staff and leadership contribute to the program by teaching courses, mentoring students, and sharing knowledge about professional practice. The program combines rigorous scholarly training with hands-on professional development, preparing graduates for careers as curators, public historians, historic preservationists, archeologists, preservation planners, and community organizers.

Specialized tracks

All students in the HSPH program take a common core curriculum and focus their studies in one of three tracks: archaeological heritage, public history, or historic preservation. Students engage in experiential learning through embedded internships and the design and execution of a community-engaged capstone project.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Core Practices in Heritage Studies and Public History
  • Race and Indigeneity in Heritage Representation
  • Leadership and Future or Historical Organizations
  • Who Owns the Past?
  • Applied Heritage Management
  • Leadership and Future or Historical Organizations

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


37 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Prospective students with a background in anthropology, archaeology, history, historic preservation, landscape architecture, or related fields are encouraged to apply. Students with public interpretation, museum-based, or field and/or laboratory experience are invited to submit an application
  • All applicants to the program will be considered and students with little or no background in heritage studies or public history are encouraged to explain how their interest and training prepare them for graduate study
  • Complete University of Minnesota Graduate School Application
  • Unofficial transcripts of all college or university coursework
  • Personal statement of your academic and professional goals for the degree desired (1–2 pages)
  • Diversity statement
  • Two or three letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample in English, from a recent related course or project
  • Application fee of $75. International students pay $95
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    28344 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 28344 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    28344 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 28344 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    18720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18720 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Minneapolis

1130 - 2045 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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