Master of Arts in Applied History
Why Study Applied History
Shippensburg University’s graduate program in applied history is designed for college graduates seeking advanced historical training and educators seeking professional development opportunities.
Why Study Applied History at Ship
The MA in Applied History at Shippensburg University is a flexible program designed to provide educators, public historians, and individuals wishing to pursue advanced graduate work with practical professional training. Our faculty will work closely with you to design a program of study to meet your personal and professional needs.
The MA in Applied History program provides you with practical academic training and experience in:
- Professional training in historical research and writing
- Continuing Education for teachers
- Advanced study in diverse historical field and subjects
- Preparation for employment in museums, businesses, historical organizations, and government
- Specialized classes in Museum Studies, Historic Preservation, Archives, Oral History, and Local History Research
- Specialized Summer K-12 Educators Institute
You may enter the program as a degree candidate or take individual courses as a non-degree student. Graduate credits can fulfill Act 48 requirements and can be applied toward permanent certification in teaching or toward work on a doctorate or other advanced degree.
Cooperative Degree Program in Applied History and Library Science (MA/MSLS)
Shippensburg University's History program and Clarion University’s Library Science program participate in a cooperative degree program. Students in this cooperative program earn two degrees: a Master of Arts in Applied History degree, and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science degree. As part of the cooperative agreement, students are allowed to double-count six credits of coursework towards the two degrees. You must apply and be accepted to each program separately to pursue the cooperative degree option. The library science program is offered entirely online. This combination of degrees prepares students for library and research careers in archives, libraries, and with historical organizations.
The Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction with a History Concentration is open only to fully certified secondary school social studies teachers. Its purpose is to foster teacher growth through exploration of principles of theory and practice that enhance teaching. This 36-credit program is equally split with 18 credits devoted to education coursework and 18 credits to history coursework. You are not required to complete an internship or thesis for this degree.
The 30-credit Master of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership with a Concentration in Historical Administration is designed for those students pursuing careers in management and administrative positions. Its objective is to enhance students’ understanding of how organizations operate and change over time and the role of leadership in formal and informal settings. Students will have the opportunity to develop historical research skills and familiarity with the methods of applied history. Historical administration students will also complete an administrative internship with a historical institution.
You may also design personalized internship experiences that will meet your educational and professional goals. Shippensburg University is ideally located for gaining practical public history experience. Within an hour’s drive, you will find internship opportunities at national, state, and local historical sites. Opportunities are available in Harrisburg (35 miles from Shippensburg), as well as Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, less than 90 minutes away.
Career Opportunities and Salary Expectations
Recent graduates have secured teaching positions at community colleges, received admission to doctoral programs, obtained positions in both the public and private sector, and started public history careers with local and county historical societies, as well as national sites such as Gettysburg National Military Park, the U.S. Army Military History Institute, Antietam National Military Park, Harpers Ferry National Historic Site, and George Washington’s Mount Vernon.
The average salary for historians in PA is $56,000.