Applied History, Museum Studies, MA

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.

What Will I Learn?

Along with classroom instruction, this program trains you for museum theory and practices through:

  • Sessions held at area museums, including Gettysburg’s Seminary Ridge Museum and the Shippensburg University Fashion Archives and Museum
  • Extensive hands-on work that includes the care, handling, storage, exhibition and management of museum materials

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.

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.

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Applied History, Museum Studies Concentration, M.A. Degree Plan


Full-Time (30 Credits)

First Year

Fall Semester: 9 Credits


 

Spring Semester: 9 Credits


 

Second Year

Fall Semester: 6 Credits


 

Spring Semester: 6 Credits


 

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, Museum Studies Concentration, 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.