Master of Arts in Public History

The Master of Arts in public history provides training in research methods and practical skills needed for careers in archives, museums, historic preservation, and other areas of public history. The program stresses digital skills throughout the curriculum. The M.A. has three components: a core segment with internship and thesis, a traditional history segment, and an applied segment. In each segment, students combine theoretical knowledge and historical analysis with practical projects.

For more information about the M.A. in public history, please contact the History Department’s graduate coordinator, Dr. Charles Romney.

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

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, and the Historic Preservation Program of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA 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, from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic work or related work experience
  • Statement of Purpose: In an essay of 750-1,000 words, explain why you want to pursue an M.A. in public history and how this degree will advance your career or intellectual interests.
  • One of the following:
    • GRE 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: 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.
  • View the Steps to Apply to the UA Little Rock Graduate School

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