Public History, MA

  • This program is not currently accepting applications. For questions, please contact the department at 724-357-2284.

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    DOCUMENTED SUCCESS Through a master’s degree in Public History, students can find new opportunities using what they know about the past. Contract historian, archivist/special collections librarian, and a position with the National Parks Service are among the jobs held by recent graduates of this program.

    The IUP History program provides a comprehensive education, combining the study of history with research and internships for training appropriate to a wide range of professional goals in the field of history.

    Our well-rounded program prepares you for a variety of career paths.

    MA in Public History

    • Complete 36 hours of coursework, combining conventional history courses with public history, research, and an internship designed to introduce you to various public history fields.
    • Pursue more advanced study and work with professors to gain the practical experience that is so important to landing a job in institutions like museums, government agencies, and historical societies.
    • Requirements include HIST 614: Research Methods, HIST 605: Introduction to Public History, HIST 790: Seminar in Public History, and one section of HIST 601.
    • Also required are six credits of public history course offerings (HIST 606, 770, 771, 772).
    • The required six credits of internship (HIST 698) can be one six-credit or two three-credit internships.
    • The remaining credits are electives, with no more than nine credits coming from 500-level courses. No more than six credits may be taken outside of the program.


    Graduate assistantships at IUP are selectively awarded to highly qualified graduate students.

    Meet the Program Coordinator

    Dr. Jeanine Mazak-Kahne
    304-E Humanities and Social Sciences Building
    Phone: 724-357-2436