Western University - School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

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Public History (M.A.)

Western University - School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Faculty:Faculty of Social Science
Field of Study:Public/Applied History and Archival Administration
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:12 Month(s)


The MA Public History Program at Western is Canada’s longest-running program of its kind. Established in 1986, it provides graduate students with the knowledge, skills, training and practical experience required to promote historical research and understanding within the public sphere. The program consists of coursework ranging from collaborative projects with community partners to archives, digital history, museology and interactive exhibit design, followed by a summer internship with local, provincial, national or international heritage and cultural institutions. A chief aim of our program is to produce graduates who are career-ready.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Admission Requirements:
    ▪ 4-year B.A. degree or equivalent from an accredited university, with a minor, major or specialization in History.
    ▪ 78% average or better on last ten courses.
    Application Notes : Additional Requirements:
    ▪ Resume of related course, volunteer or paid experience (recommended).
    ▪ Reference letter from a Public History employer or supervisor (recommended).

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on November 19, 2022