American Studies, Public Humanities, M.A. | Rutgers University | Newark, United States
M.A. On Campus

American Studies, Public Humanities

12 months
30888 USD/year
30888 USD/year
18168 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The American Studies, Public Humanities program of Rutgers University is designed to prepare students to become the next generation of leaders in public history, the public humanities, and nonprofit organizations.


About the Program

Given a deep grounding in the history, theory and methods of American Studies and the public humanities, students in the American Studies, Public Humanities program of Rutgers University will work with local and state organizations on public projects, adding praxis to their theory. Required non-profit management courses (and workshops) will train students in essential management skills.

Beyond content knowledge, the Public Humanities MA would emphasize four core skills in students.
  • Communication—ability to communicate to a variety of audiences using media appropriate for reaching those audiences;
  • Collaboration—ability to work productively with others to complete tasks and to facilitate conversation amongst interests;
  • Digital literacy—ability to critically evaluate digital technologies and be able to use specific technologies to engage the public;
  • Self-direction—ability to master new information and skills independently.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • American Studies
  • Public Humanities
  • Public History
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Nonprofit Budgeting
  • Digital Public Humanities

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Personal statement (your personal statement should be no more than 1500 words describing your interest in the public humanities, including and especially any personal or professional experience in the field)
  • Writing or Work Sample
  • Applicants must submit an academic or professional writing sample up to 6,000 words long, or, for those with professional experience in public history or the public humanities, a work sample (such as an exhibit plan, program planning materials, websites, etc) accompanied by a brief cover letter that explains the applicant’s role in its creation
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    30888 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15444 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    30888 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15444 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    18168 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9084 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Newark

935 - 1600 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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