Online Public History | University of Nebraska at Kearney

Public History

Master of Arts

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    36
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $302.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $482.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney

Get the same diploma as on campus students

The online Public History, MA is an accredited online program option that is designed to inform students about the creation and distribution of history for the public.

Students of this program gain:  

  • Knowledge on how to use digital tools and resources for historical research.
  • A flexible, fully online program with no residency requirement.
  • Specialized courses taught by credentialed faculty.

The Department of History at the University of Nebraska at Kearney provides instruction, research and service that are representative of today's world. The courses prepare students for a variety of careers from graduate and law schools, to public history and secondary teaching to business and industry. Faculty teach courses at all levels from freshmen surveys through graduate seminars. Many have won awards that recognize the high quality of their scholarship, teaching and service. 

Career Outlook: The Master of Arts in Public History prepares students for careers with state, county and local institutions, including:

  • Curators
  • Historical interpreters
  • Historical preservationists
  • Consultants
  • Museum directors
  • Government historians
  • Oral historians
  • Cultural resource managers


About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Including completion of at least 18 semester hours in history.

  2. 3.25 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. 2 letters of recommendation

  4. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  5. Evidence of the writing and analytical skills necessary for graduate level coursework.

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admission
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee

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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
June 15
Spring Semester
October 15
Summer Session
March 15

In the Public History, MA program students must complete 15 required credit hours, 6 credit hours of public history electives and 6 or 9 electives in history (depending on if they chose to complete the thesis option or non-thesis option).

Thesis Option (15 credit hours)

  • History Electives (6 hours)
  • HIST 894: Intro to Thesis
  • HIST 896: Thesis

Non-thesis Option (15 credit hours)

  • History Electives (9 hours)
  • HIST 875: Internship (additional 3 credit hours)
  • HIST 891: Directed Research

Students must complete 6 hours of elective coursework.  

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
HIST 801America Interpreted3

Course Number: HIST 801

An introductory graduate readings course in American historiography, the class examines the leading schools of historical opinion from the founding of American society through the modern era.

HIST 803Historical Methods3

Course Number: HIST 803

This course will introduce graduate students to the history profession and to the tools and methods used by historians.

HIST 848Readings in American History3

Course Number: HIST 848

A graduate readings course examining major historiographic issues in key periods and topics in American history. Topics will include (but are not limited to) Colonial America, the Early Republic, Civil War and Reconstruction, Gilded Age/Progressive America, Western and Native American history, the Great Depression, World War II, Environmental history, the Cold War, Civil Rights and Recent America. This course may be repeated with each new offering.

HIST 868PDigital History3

Course Number: HIST 868P

This course explores the use of digital tools and sources in historical research and the sharing of historical information with public and scholarly audiences.

HIST 875Internship in History1-9

Course Number: HIST 875

This course emphasizes the professional development of the student in the area of the student's professional interest. The grade will be recorded as credit/no credit.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
HIST 848Readings in American History (Museums and Historic Site Interpretation) 3

Course Number: HIST 848

A graduate readings course examining major historiographic issues in key periods and topics in American history. Topics will include (but are not limited to) Colonial America, the Early Republic, Civil War and Reconstruction, Gilded Age/Progressive America, Western and Native American history, the Great Depression, World War II, Environmental history, the Cold War, Civil Rights and Recent America. This course may be repeated with each new offering.

HIST 848Readings in American History (Public History Administration) 3

Course Number: HIST 848

A graduate readings course examining major historiographic issues in key periods and topics in American history. Topics will include (but are not limited to) Colonial America, the Early Republic, Civil War and Reconstruction, Gilded Age/Progressive America, Western and Native American history, the Great Depression, World War II, Environmental history, the Cold War, Civil Rights and Recent America. This course may be repeated with each new offering. This course will introduce graduate students to the history profession and to the tools and methods used by historians.

HIST 848Readings in American History (Public History Administration) 3

Course Number: HIST 848

A graduate readings course examining major historiographic issues in key periods and topics in American history. Topics will include (but are not limited to) Colonial America, the Early Republic, Civil War and Reconstruction, Gilded Age/Progressive America, Western and Native American history, the Great Depression, World War II, Environmental history, the Cold War, Civil Rights and Recent America. This course may be repeated with each new offering. This course will introduce graduate students to the history profession and to the tools and methods used by historians.

HIST 848Readings in American History (Oral History) 3

Course Number: HIST 848

A graduate readings course examining major historiographic issues in key periods and topics in American history. Topics will include (but are not limited to) Colonial America, the Early Republic, Civil War and Reconstruction, Gilded Age/Progressive America, Western and Native American history, the Great Depression, World War II, Environmental history, the Cold War, Civil Rights and Recent America. This course may be repeated with each new offering. This course will introduce graduate students to the history profession and to the tools and methods used by historians.

HIST 848Readings in American History (Community History) 3

Course Number: HIST 848

A graduate readings course examining major historiographic issues in key periods and topics in American history. Topics will include (but are not limited to) Colonial America, the Early Republic, Civil War and Reconstruction, Gilded Age/Progressive America, Western and Native American history, the Great Depression, World War II, Environmental history, the Cold War, Civil Rights and Recent America. This course may be repeated with each new offering. This course will introduce graduate students to the history profession and to the tools and methods used by historians.

HIST 848Readings in American History (National Parks) 3

Course Number: HIST 848

A graduate readings course examining major historiographic issues in key periods and topics in American history. Topics will include (but are not limited to) Colonial America, the Early Republic, Civil War and Reconstruction, Gilded Age/Progressive America, Western and Native American history, the Great Depression, World War II, Environmental history, the Cold War, Civil Rights and Recent America. This course may be repeated with each new offering. This course will introduce graduate students to the history profession and to the tools and methods used by historians.

HIST 848Readings in American History (Historical Memory) 3

Course Number: HIST 848

A graduate readings course examining major historiographic issues in key periods and topics in American history. Topics will include (but are not limited to) Colonial America, the Early Republic, Civil War and Reconstruction, Gilded Age/Progressive America, Western and Native American history, the Great Depression, World War II, Environmental history, the Cold War, Civil Rights and Recent America. This course may be repeated with each new offering. This course will introduce graduate students to the history profession and to the tools and methods used by historians.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $302.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $354.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $906.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1062.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $482.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $534.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1446.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1602.75

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