M.A. in Public History

The Master of Arts in Public History provides training in the research methods and practical skills needed for work in archives, museums, historic preservation, and other areas of public history.  The program stresses preparation in digital skills in each part of the curriculum. The MA degree has three components: a core segment with internship and thesis, a traditional history segment, and an applied segment. Professionals in the field teach the applied courses. In each segment students combine theoretical knowledge and historical analysis with practical projects.

Current students are working as Graduate Assistants at the Clinton Presidential Library, the Center for Arkansas History and Culture, the Historic Arkansas Museum, the Butler Center for Arkansas History and Culture (part of the Central Arkansas Library System), and the Historic Preservation Program of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

Graduates of UA Little Rock’s M.A. in Public History have recently accepted positions at the Historic Arkansas Museum, the Arkansas History Commission (the Arkansas state archives), the Center for Arkansas History and Culture, the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, the Old State House Museum, and the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 (4.0 scale) or 3.0 in the last 60 hours.
  • At least 15 undergraduate history hours with a grade average of 3.25 or above in all history classes (or the completion of specific preparatory classes).
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably from persons familiar with applicant’s academic work or related work experience, sent to the History Department’s Graduate Coordinator.
  • Statement of Purpose: In an essay of 750-1,000 words, explain why you want to pursue the MA in public history and how this degree will advance your career or intellectual interests. Consider including your choice of one of our academic tracks: archival studies, museum studies, or historic preservation. (NOTE: This is not simply an autobiographical statement.)
  • One of the following:
    • Graduate Record Examination scores of at least 152 on the verbal section and at least 142 on the quantitative section, or scores of at least 152 on the verbal section and 3.5 on the writing section.
    • Writing sample: Submit a writing sample, preferably an academic paper of approximately 2,500 words. The writing sample must include a title page with the following information: applicant’s name, original date of submission, and a brief explanation (2-3 sentences) of why you chose to submit the essay.

For a copy of the Public History M.A. section of UA Little Rock’s Graduate Catalog, please see here.

Deadlines for graduate assistantships (when available) are April 1 for fall, and October 1 for spring.

For more information about the M.A. in Public History, please contact the History Department’s Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Charles Romney, Ph.D. at cwromney@ualr.edu