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Public History, Master of Arts

33 Credits
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens Campus


Practitioners of Public History document, preserve, interpret, and make cultural resources accessible. Applicants are expected to demonstrate a strong background in the humanities and social sciences, familiarity with media technologies and a commitment to community service.

This two-year, 33-credit Master of Arts program consists of 20 credits in History, Museum Studies, and Archival Management, a six-credit internship and an additional three-credit research project.

Opportunities for service, internship, and independent study are available throughout New York City.

Given the growing merger of issues relating to collecting information and collections accessibility in libraries, archives and museums, St. John’s University also offers a dual master’s degree in Public History and Library and Information Science. Our Division of Library and Information Science is American Library Association (ALA)-accredited and features an archival specialization.

Department Faculty

Please see our Library and Information Science faculty and our History faculty.


Kristin M. Szylvian, Ph.D.
Director, Public History
Associate Professor of History/Library and Information Science
St. John's University
St. John Hall, Room 244-K
Queens, NY  11439


Career Outcomes

A master's degree in Public History will prepare you for growing career opportunities in such fields as: 

  • Archives
  • Museum Curation
  • Conservation
  • Genealogy
  • Corporations
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Government Agencies
  • Film and Television

As part of the program, you’ll complete 240 internship hours under the supervision of SJU faculty and a professional internship sponsor. Our students complete internships at exciting locations around New York City, including Ellis Island National Historic Park and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.

Program News

In the spring of 2014, Professor and Chair of History Elaine Carey, Ph.D., added a new assignment to her section of the University Core history course, Emergence of a Global Society. In order to...

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