Practitioners of Public History document, preserve, and interpret the past.
Earn a master's degree in Public History at St. John's University in New York City!
Practitioners of Public History document, preserve, and interpret the past. This two-year, 33-credit Master of Arts (M.A.) program consists of 24 credits in History, Museum Studies, and Archival Management, a six-credit internship and an additional three-credit research project.
As part of the program, you will find opportunities for service, internship, and independent study throughout New York City. Strong applicants demonstrate a strong background in the humanities and social sciences, familiarity with media technologies, and a commitment to community service.
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 program 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.
Please see our Library and Information Science faculty and our History faculty.
Kristin M. Szylvian, Ph.D.
Director, Public History
Associate Professor of History and Library & Information Science
St. John Hall, Room 244-K
You may choose elective courses from among the following:
*Library and Information Science courses may be used for the additional electives area, with the approval of a program advisor.
Recent graduates of the M.A. Public History program have completed internships with the following prestigious and dynamic institutions:
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A master's degree in Public History will prepare you for growing career opportunities in such fields as:
As part of the program, you will complete 240 internship hours under the supervision of St. John's 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.
The Department of History offers the Nickolas Davatzes Scholarship to qualified graduate students who are committed to teaching and engaging in research in American History or Classical and/or Modern Greek History, and who demonstrate financial need. The scholarship fund was established in 2007 by Nickolas Davatzes ’62C, ’64G, ’95Hon, who established the A&E Network and the History Channel, and Dorothea Hayes Davatzes ’66Ed. Scholarships are granted by the department on a competitive basis and provide $5,000 for summer research or tuition assistance.
You may apply for graduate assistantships throughout the University. These positions offer tuition remission and, typically, a stipend. You can find more information about graduate assistantships on the Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships page.
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St. John’s University is the only institution in New York City – and one of a dozen nationwide – that offers you the opportunity to complete both a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Public History and an American Library Association (ALA)-accredited Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Library and Information Science. Through our dual degree program, you can apply four courses (12 credits) to both degrees, saving time and money in accomplishing your professional goals.
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