Master of Arts in Public History

The master of arts in public history (M.A.P.H.) provides the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary for students to confidently enter careers and research in public history. This is an interdisciplinary degree combining knowledge, skills, and experience from the fields of history, anthropology, political science, library and information science, and urban planning, among others. A public history degree can lead to employment in diverse occupations such as museum work, library, and archival research, public policy analysis, documentary filmmaking, state and national parks, and tourism.

Why study public history in Detroit? 

Studying public history in a cultural center like Detroit will provide practical experience that is applicable on a national and international scale. Detroit is home to an array of cultural institutions, many of which have partnered with our program to offer internship and learning opportunities.

These partners currently include The Henry Ford, the Detroit Historical Society, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, and the Walter P. Reuther Library. Graduate students from WSU have taken jobs and internships across the country, including the Smithsonian Institute and the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.

Application deadline

Fall term: February 1 (early decision), May 1 (regular decision)
Winter term: November 1

Please review the Admissions section of the graduate handbook for instructions on how to prepare your application materials.

Next steps

For more information, please contact Professor Eric Ash, director of graduate studies for the Department of History or view the latest graduate handbook.