Mar 17, 2018  
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public History, M.A.

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Burke Miller, Ph.D., Acting Department Chair

Brian L. Hackett, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director


The Master of Arts in Public History (MAPH) is a flexible program that provides both traditional history educational experiences and opportunities to complete professional methods training.


Applications for admission can be completed online at For maximum consideration, submit all materials by the priority deadline of May 1 for summer sessions, July 1 for the fall semester, and November 1 for the spring semester. If space permits, applications from qualified candidates may be considered after those dates.

Regular Admission to the MAPH

To be considered for regular admission to the MAPH program, applicants will need to complete and submit the following:

  1. An application for graduate admission to Northern Kentucky University.
  2. Application fee.
  3. An official transcript indicating a bachelor’s degree in history or a related field from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in major area coursework.
  4. Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work.
  5. Two letters of reference; please use forms which can be downloaded at this site:
  6. A letter of intent that clearly articulates your interest in public history and your abilities to pursue graduate level study.

♦ Indicates prerequisite.


The MAPH degree requires 36 credit hours of coursework, distributed as follows:


* HIS 605  may be repeated when topics vary

Content Electives (6 credit hours)

Two graduate level history content courses are required.

Total Hours: 36

Course requirements

Students need to be aware of the following requirements of the program:

  1. 18 credit hours must be at the 600 level.
  2. A maximum of nine credit hours of transfer credit will be allowed.
  3. An overall GPA must be a minimum of 3.0 to qualify for graduation.
  4. No more than six hours of C grades will be counted toward the MA in Public History.

Program of Study

New candidates for the MA in Public History must enroll in HIS 601 Introduction to Public History (3 credits)  Introduction to Public History during the first fall semester of enrollment in the program. Professionals working in the field may ask to have HIS 601  waived. These students must take an additional course from one of the elective options outlined above to complete the required 36 credit hours.

Transfer work

With some restrictions, the program may accept nine hours of credit:

  • Transferred from other regionally accredited institutions.
  • Earned as a non-degree graduate student at NKU.

Independent Study

No more than six hours earned in independent study at NKU and approved by the graduate program director will be accepted towards degree completion unless otherwise approved by the graduate program director of MAPH advisory committee.

MAPH candidates may take independent study or readings courses. The opportunity for independent study will more likely occur within the content field of study of the MAPH due to the pedagogical importance of group work as a cornerstone in the methodological field courses. Practica are exceptions. Before signing up for an independent study, you must have the approval of both the program director and the instructor. In addition, the instructor must be a member of the graduate faculty. A syllabus that describes the course topic, reading list, assignments, and learning objectives must be on file with the graduate program director.

Capstone Experience

The required capstone experience culminates in a publishable article, museum exhibit, co-op experience, or other suitable project with the instructor’s approval. The project proposal created in Capstone I must have the approval of both the Capstone I instructor and the graduate program director before the student begins the project in Capstone II. The final project must have a writing component for assessment purposes.

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