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Are you looking to pursue advanced studies at a top-flight research university?  Consider our affordable, flexible, and rigorous programs in History, History Education, and Museums, Heritage, and Public History at UMSL.

Why Pursue Graduate Studies at UMSL?

  • Affordable education leading to professional careers in in post-secondary teaching, museums, public agencies, archives, and libraries or advanced study in Ph.D. programs.
  • Opportunity for study with faculty who are experts in their fields.
  • Financial assistance through a limited number of teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and scholarships.
  • Opportunities for internships in museums, public agencies, and cultural institutions.
  • Instruction in small classes employing the seminar method.
  • Personal guidance and counseling from the department’s congenial Graduate Advisor.
  • A selection of evening and online courses for students working full-time.
  • The exchange of ideas and disciplinary approaches with students pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Museums, Heritage and Public History enriches the experience for both.

The MA in History provides a broad-based program of study that emphasizes historical writing, research, and analysis.  Students pursuing an MA in history can specialize in World History, U.S. History, Public History, or History Education.  Much of the program can be completed online.  Many face-to-face classes are offered in the evenings to accommodate working students.

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The graduate program in Museum Studies showcases the best of an UMSL education: productive civic partnerships, academic excellence, and strong support for students.   This interdisciplinary degree with a strong historical core prepares students for professional careers in museums, historic sites and societies, cultural agencies, and related organizations.  We address pressing needs of museums and heritage institutions in the 21st century: collaboration and community engagement, digital media and new technologies, and diversity and cross-cultural training.

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The certificate in Museums, Heritage, and Public History offers a truncated version of the MA in Museum, Heritage, and Public History curriculum for students who already possess an MA degree.

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The Graduate Certificate in History Education is designed for practicing teachers, instructional coordinators, and history educators in the community who are seeking to deepen their knowledge of history education. It offers history and social studies educators a program that integrates historical and educational knowledge, theory, and practice. The goals of the certificate are to improve the practice of history education in schools and the community, to research in history and social education, to deepen students’ historical knowledge, and to encourage sophisticated teaching and curriculum development built on research at the intersection of history and the learning sciences.

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To apply, please visit the Graduate Admissions website, and select the program of choice.  Please note that some programs have deadlines and require writing samples and letters of reference along with transcripts.  We do not require GRE scores.