Certificate in Public History Studies

Program Overview

The certificate program provides practicing public historians and history educators with the opportunity to advance their skills and knowledge. Students gain practical skills and knowledge through the Center for Texas Public History projects while partnerships and interdisciplinary cooperative agreements provide additional resources that enhance each student's experience.

Application Requirements

The items listed below are required for admission consideration for applicable semesters of entry during the current academic year. Submission instructions, additional details, and changes to admission requirements for semesters other than the current academic year can be found on The Graduate College's website. International students should review the International Admission Documents webpage for additional requirements.

  • completed online application
  • $20 nonrefundable application fee


  • $60 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials
  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • official transcripts required from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 2.5 GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in all completed graduate course work (if applicable)
  • GRE not required
  • brief statement of speaking and reading foreign language competencies
  • resume/CV
  • statement of purpose
  • two letters of recommendation


Non-native English speakers who do not qualify for an English proficiency waiver:

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official PTE scores required with a 52
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and minimum individual module scores of 6.0

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

The graduate certificate in Public History Studies requires 15 semester credit hours.

Course Requirements

HIST 5371The Practice of Public History3
Prescribed Electives
Choose 12 hours from the following:12
Oral History: Theory & Practice
The Practice of Museum Studies and Material Culture
The Practice of Historic Preservation
Documentary Film
Archival Management
Cultural Resource Management
Education Programs in Historical/Cultural Institutions
Local and Community History
Public History Project
Total Hours15