Masters in Archives and Public History

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Ellen Noonan (Program Director)

Archivists and public historians present and interpret history in a wide variety of dynamic venues, ranging from history museums to digital libraries. For three decades, NYU has prepared students for successful careers as archivists, manuscript curators, documentary editors, oral historians, cultural resource managers, historical interpreters, and new media specialists. The program emphasizes a solid grounding in historical scholarship, intense engagement with new media technologies, and close involvement with New York’s extraordinary archival and public history institutions. Students in the program elect to follow a concentration in either Archives or Public History.

As part of their core coursework, students have the opportunity to embark on independent research (capstone projects) using the unique resources of New York City as their public history and archives laboratory. In addition, internships are integrated with coursework, contributing to a professionalized and constructive learning environment.

See the Program page for information on application procedures and requirements, financial aid, advanced certificates in archives and public history, and the dual-degree program with Long Island University. For additional information, contact the director of the program, Professor Ellen Noonan.

Advanced Certificates: Students who already hold M.A. degrees in the humanities or social sciences may attain advanced certificates in either Archives or Public History. The program requires satisfactory completion of 20 points in either concentration. You may find information about federally-mandated Gainful Employment Disclosure here.

Learn more about the NYU Archives and Public History program at https://wp.nyu.edu/aphprogram.


Required M.A. Courses – Archives Concentration


These courses are required for all students with an Archives concentration.



Students will also choose 12 hours (3 courses) of program elective credits in consultation with the program director.


Required M.A. Courses – Public History Concentration


These courses are required for all students in the Public History concentration.



Students will also choose 12 hours (3 courses) of program elective credits in consultation with the program director.