Online Master’s in Public History Shaping Leaders In History


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100% online,* 8-week courses

Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

In light of the technological advances of the 21st century and the ever-changing cultural landscape, it’s sometimes easy to forget about historical figures, events, and artifacts. Too often, we give our past little thought or regard – though there is a tremendous amount of wisdom to be gleaned from it. From the U.S. to Europe, China, and Australia, the pen of history has spilled its ink across the globe – gracing buildings, battlefields, remote areas, and cities. With Liberty University’s online Master of Arts (MA) in Public History, you can learn to make sense of this history and share it with others.

This public history graduate program seeks to equip you with the skills you need to convey historical information to the general public. Our online public history master’s program can help you pursue careers in museums, archival departments, national parks, and other areas that deal with the preservation of history. Partner with us, learn how to share historical knowledge with others, and take your career to new heights.

*Some exclusions apply. Please refer to our exclusions page for more information.

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What Sets Us Apart?

  • Private Nonprofit University
  • 600+ Online Degrees
  • No Standardized Testing for Admission
  • Transfer in up to 75% of an Undergrad Degree
  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral Degree

As a pioneer in distance education since 1985, we understand what it takes to design a respected online degree program that challenges you to grasp new concepts while honoring your personal commitments. Our MA in Public History is offered 100% online with no set login times and no required intensives – allowing you to remain committed to your family, career, and community throughout your degree.

Our MA in Public History won’t just help you learn about the past and develop the ability to share history with others – it may help you break into a career field that you are passionate about.

Additionally, Liberty University holds institutional accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). This accreditation ensures that our degree programs have met high academic standards and are capable of helping you pursue your career goals.

Our master’s degree in public history is made up of 3 sections: core courses, an archeology course, and elective courses.

In the core courses of this public history degree, you will explore archival methods, theories of public history, and museum studies. You will also study conservation and preservation, local historical research, digital history, and America’s Christian heritage. In addition, the core section of this degree covers grant writing and includes a history internship.

This public history degree online also offers you the opportunity to study historical archeology or complete archeological field studies. Whether you’d like to gain hands-on experience during your degree or simply learn more about historical archeology, our MA in Public History online has an option for you.

In addition to providing core courses and an archeology class, this degree allows you to choose 6 credit hours of elective courses. You can study nonprofit management, geographical information systems, remote sensing, historical filmmaking, or strategic communication campaigns for the digital age – thereby gaining a diverse skill set.

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Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for the majority of our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.

Graduate Full Time $565/Credit
Graduate Part Time $615/Credit
Military Graduate $275/Credit

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Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe.

Who May Qualify?

  • Active Duty
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/Retirees
  • Spouses of Service Members and Veterans/Retirees
  • Current Department of Defense Employees

Available Benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who service in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)*
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)

*Not applicable to certificates.