History: Public History MA

About the Public History Master's Program at Loyola

Public historians are fundamental to shaping our understanding of the past—and our approach to the present. If you have a passion for history and examining events from a variety of perspectives, Loyola University Chicago's distinguished MA in Public History prepares you to contribute to our shared knowledge of the history that informs our today.

Program Structure

The MA in Public History can be pursued full time or part time. Classes are held weekday evenings at Loyola's Lake Shore Campus on Chicago's North Side, a leading site for public history.

Why Choose Loyola for Your Master's in Public History Degree?

At Loyola, you will join one of only two public history master's programs offered at a private institution. Rooted in Jesuit values and continuing Loyola's tradition of educational excellence, our master's in public history program prepares you for a career as a successful historian who creates a stronger understanding of the past.

Incorporating diverse perspectives

Examine history from a variety of viewpoints. Our curriculum includes national, global, and multicultural perspectives to enrich your understanding of historical events, issues, and theories. Loyola's public history master's program draws on women's studies and gender studies, Asian studies, urban studies, African American studies, and other disciplines that contribute to a deeper understanding of public history.

Learn from professors with practical experience as public historians. Our faculty have worked as curators, researchers, digital researchers, and oral historians for such organizations as the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. District Court, the History Channel, U.S. Forest Service, and numerous local and regional museums, businesses, foundations, and historical societies.

Study in Chicago, a city with a long and rich history. With numerous museums, historical preservation societies, and public history organizations, Chicago offers a wealth of opportunities for graduate students and aspiring historians like you.

Apply what you have learned before you graduate. To earn your degree, you will complete a graduate research seminar and a public history internship. These requirements ensure you gain practical experience in areas such as scholarship, curatorial work, and exhibit design.

Study at an institution with an established history of producing successful, ethical public historians. Our educational approach is rooted in the Jesuit method, which includes a passion for excellence, ethical and spiritual development, and care for the whole person. These Jesuit values contribute to helping you develop into an exceptional historian.

Learn skills you can use in a variety of careers, whether as an archivist, history instructor, or government consultant. In addition to the theoretical and technical skills required for jobs as a historian, you will gain skills applicable to a wide variety of contexts, including critical thinking, research, attention to detail, and communication.

History Department

The discipline of history has expanded in scope, theory and methodology in recent decades. Find stories showcasing current students and graduates from the History: Public History MA program and learn more about why Loyola is right for you.

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Meet the Faculty

Learn from professors with practical experience as public historians. Our faculty have worked as curators, consultants, digital researchers, and oral historians for such organizations as the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. District Court, the History Channel, U.S. Forest Service, and numerous local and regional museums, businesses, foundations and historical societies.

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