Master of Science in Applied History
Shippensburg University’s graduate program in applied history is designed for college graduates seeking advanced historical training and educators seeking professional development opportunities. Students may also pursue a dual master’s degree in applied history and library science (M.A./M.S.L.S.) offered in coordination with Clarion University.
The graduate program in applied history is a flexible program designed to provide educators, public historians, and individuals wishing to pursue advanced graduate work with practical professional training. Our faculty work one-on-one with students to design a program of study to meet their personal and professional needs.
For those seeking careers in the field of public history, the program offers coursework in archives, museum studies, oral history, local history, and historic preservation, as well as professional internships to prepare students for employment in museums, historical institutions, and at historic sites. Educators will find a diverse array of courses in United States history, world history, and historical methods that will deepen their historical knowledge and provide new resources for classroom use. The curriculum provides a rigorous historical training, including the option to write a master’s thesis, that can also prepare students for further graduate work.
The M.A. program in applied history provides students with practical academic training and experience in the following areas:
• Professional development for teachers.
• Advanced study in diverse historical fields and subjects.
• Preparation for employment in museums, businesses, historical organizations, and government.
• Advanced training in historical research and writing.
• Specialized classes in Museum Studies, Historic Preservation, Archives, Oral History, and Local History Research.
• Opportunities for hands-on experience and fieldwork through internships and service-learning projects.
You may enter the program as a degree candidate or take individual courses as a non-degree student. Graduate credits can fulfill Act 48 requirements and can be applied toward permanent certification in teaching or toward work on a doctorate or other advanced degree.
The degree can be earned in approximately one and one-half to two years of full-time study or several years of part-time study (a maximum of seven years from the start of the program). To be awarded the Master of Arts in Applied History degree, you must complete a minimum of 30 hours of graduate work, distributed as follows:
• Required Courses (12 crs.) including a 6-credit thesis or supervised internship.
• Restricted/Free Electives (9 crs.)
• Free Electives (9 crs.)
To be eligible to pursue a Master of Arts in Applied History degree, you must:
- Have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
- Present an official transcript showing at least a 2.75 cumulative grade point average for your undergraduate studies.
- Complete a 500-word statement of purpose discussing your reason for pursuing a graduate studies in applied history.
- Individuals possessing less than a 2.75 cumulative grade point average may be accepted following an interview and review of the application and supporting materials.