Graduate Certificate in Public History

In most circumstances, only students enrolled in a degree program in history or those who have completed an MA in History may enter the graduate certificate non-degree programs in history. However, applicants who have completed a master's degree in an allied field may be eligible for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Public History. The History Department is not accepting applications for the certificate in Archival Studies for the 2017 application cycle. Applicants may still apply for the Public History certificate.

Admission Requirements

If applicants are not simultaneously seeking to matriculate into the MA or PhD program, they must have a MA in History or a related field and a satisfactory score on the General Test of the GRE. Applications must be approved by the Public History program officers and by the department’s graduate committee. 

Applicants will submit the following materials for consideration:

·         Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions

·         Official scores from the General Test of the GRE sent from ETS

·         A writing sample

·         A statement of purpose

·         An application for an assistantship (for those who wish to be considered for funding--note earlier application deadline for assistantships). Available at:

·         Three confidential letters of recommendation

If applicants are not also seeking admission into the MA or PhD program, materials for admission to the Public History Graduate Certificate programs may be submitted at any point during the academic year. The program officers and the department's graduate committee will determine the academic term of admission. 

If applicants are also seeking admission to the MA or PhD program, applications for the graduate certificates should be received by March 15.

Last Updated: February 12, 2018