Applied History, MA

At Shippensburg University, we prepare our students for the future by discovering the past through our Master of Arts in Applied History program. Our dedicated students - educators, public historians, and those seeking advanced graduate work with practical professional training - are prepared to meet the needs of the work force. Discover your passion for Applied History and build an advanced level of knowledge through several nearby historical sites or at the university's museum, The Fashion Archives and Museum. Curate your own experience at Shippensburg with lasting success.

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What Will I Learn?

This program provides practical academic training and experience through:

  • 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
  • A specialized summer K-12 educators institute

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have?

Shippensburg is an ideal place to study history because of the many historic sites and resources nearby including Gettysburg National Military Park, the United States Army Heritage and Educational Center, the Pennsylvania State Museum, Shippensburg Station and the Cumberland Valley Railroad Museum, and the Fashion Archives and Museum of Shippensburg University.

Our faculty members each have unique interests and passions. They provide students with personalized attention and advisement through great hands-on experiences such as:

  • Involvement with student groups and activities
  • Research
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Service-learning

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

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.

Some specific jobs include:

  • Archivist
  • Museum educator
  • Museum curator
  • Collection manager
  • Historic preservationist
  • Historical administrator
  • Historical interpreters

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.

The Master of Arts in Applied History with a focus in museum studies program trains you for careers at museums and historic sites. Students of this program will apply what they learn at several nearby historic sites and the university's museum, The Fashion Archives and Museum. You may enter the program as a degree candidate or take individual courses as a non-degree student.

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The Master of Arts in Applied History with a focus in local and community history program trains you to apply the methods and approaches of professional historians to projects focused on telling the stories of local people, places, sites, organizations, and events. You may enter the program as a degree candidate or take individual courses as a non-degree student.

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Shippensburg University’s Applied History program and Clarion University’s Library Science program have a cooperative program that allows you to earn two degrees: a Master of Arts in Applied History and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science. The Master of Science in Library and Information Science program is offered entirely online.

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Applied History, M.A. Degree Plan


Full-Time (30 Credits)

First Year

Fall Semester: 9 Credits


 

Spring Semester: 9 Credits


Second Year

Fall Semester: 6 Credits


  • Applied History Skills Elective Credits: 3
  • HIS Elective Credits: 3

 

Spring Semester: 6 Credits


  • ​HIS Elective Credits: 3
  • HIS Elective Credits: 3

 

Planning Notes for all students:


  1. 30 total credits required
  2. Students can begin in any semester or term, including, fall, spring, winter or summer.
  3. Students can take elective courses in any semester or term. See program for list of electives: Applied History, M.A. 
  4. Students can take core courses in any semester or term.
  5. The above sequence is for illustrative purposes only. Students can tailor their program to their individual needs.