History - Public History (M.A.)

History - Public History (M.A.)

Think Do Mak a Difference St. Cloud State University St. Cloud State University

The graduate program in Public History will prepare you for a wide selection of careers in the public or private sector. In addition to developing broad expertise in historical research and interpretation, you will work with professionals in the field to learn an array of techniques to engagingly communicate sophisticated ideas and complex historical events to public audiences. 

Program Highlights

  • The singular degree-granting graduate program in Public History in Minnesota and surrounding states.
  • Designed for both full- and part-time students.
  • 5-7 graduate assistantships sponsored each year.
  • Opportunity to develop multifaceted exhibits.
  • Opportunities to collaborate with the Minnesota Historical Society including paid internships with Minnesota historic sites.
  • Faculty and students are conducting an oral history project to document the experiences of new immigrants to Minnesota.
  • Opportunities to study abroad.

Program Distinctions

  • The Central Minnesota History Center on campus offers an array of political materials, local community history documents, individual family materials and an extensive oral history and photography collection that spans 13 counties.
  • The Oral History Research Center initiates and supports projects that document the history of Central Minnesota through the Minnesota Historical Society.
  • Program director and professor Mary Wingerd selected for two Minnesota Book Awards and a Hognander Minnesota History Award.
  • Established faculty hold Ph.D.s in the field and are recognized by peers, publishers and experts for their research in their fields of study.

Student Organizations

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
Inside U.S.
Fall July 15 May 15 July 15
Spring November 15 September 15 November 15
Summer N/A N/A N/A

Degree Levels

Licensure Graduate Certificate Master Post-Master Doctorate

Delivery Methods

On-campus Online Distance Satellite Campus Evenings/Weekends

Graduate Director

Dr. Mary Wingerd

Popular Careers

  • Museum director
  • Exhibits curator
  • Documentary filmmaker
  • Historic site manager
  • Preservationist 
  • Oral historian

University Facts & Stats

  • 60 graduate programs leading to graduate certificates, master’s and doctoral degrees
  • More than 200 graduate assistantships awarded per year
  • Graduate assistants receive up to a $9,250 stipend per year and tuition reimbursement for up to eight graduate credits per semester.

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