Graduate certificate in Public History

A description of the requirements to attain a graduate certificate in Public History.

University of Louisville

Department of Public History

Graduate Certificate in Public History

Interested in a career in museums, archives, historic homes, preservation or other related history and heritage fields? The Department of History at the University of Louisville now offers students enrolled in an MA program at the University the opportunity to earn a graduate certificate in public history through a combination of seminars in history, electives in related fields, and internship experiences in local historical institutions.


Students seeking the Certificate in Public History as a stand -alone program should go to  and select the A&S non-degree seeking option and then the Public History program.  Materials for admission are two letters of recommendation, college transcripts, GRE scores and a personal statement regarding their interest in the program. There is a $50.00 application fee.

Students who are already enrolled in the History Masters program will need to follow the same admission procedure stated above at  , apply for a fee waiver and mark the option that says you are already enrolled, then in the dialogue box type in that in your initial application for graduate school you paid the $50.00 fee.  Your previous materials will be considered and you will only need to submit to graduate admissions an additional faculty recommendation for the program and a 500 word (or less) personal statement regarding your interest in the Public History program. 


  • Introduction to Public History (3)
  • Public History Practicum (3)
  • One graduate seminar in Department of History (3)
  • Two public history electives at graduate level (3,3)
  • *** For History MA students only six hours of the certificate work can be used toward their MA requirements. The remaining 9 hours must be in addition to the MA course work.

Sample of public history electives:

  • Introduction to Archives
  • Oral History
  • Museum Studies
  • Curatorial Methods
  • Introduction to Nonprofit Management
  • Design and Craft Theory (Material Culture Studies)

Sample of internship and seminar project sites:

  • Braden Institute for Social Justice Research
  • Farmington Historic Home
  • Filson Historical Society
  • Frazier International History
  • Historic Locust Grove
  • Kentucky Derby Museum
  • Kentucky Historical Society
  • Portland Museum

For more information contact Professor Daniel Vivian, Director of Public History or 502-852-7583.