Application Deadline

Fall - July 20
Spring - December 2

All supporting documents (e.g. official transcripts, recommendations, personal statement, etc.) can be emailed to


This Advanced Certificate Program prepares graduate students for successful and rewarding careers in public history. Students enrolled in the program improve their academic expertise, enhance their historical knowledge, and learn professional skills and methods. Additionally, they gain invaluable practical experience working at one of the many cultural institutions, museums, archives, and historic sites in New York City.

The curriculum for the Public History Certificate is a 20 credit program that consists of five 4-credit courses. It is designed for persons who want to commence or advance a career in public history and who already possess a BA degree in History or a related subject.

The certificate can be taken by itself or in conjunction with the MA in History degree at CSI; students seeking to obtain the MA and Public History certificate simultaneously need to complete 36 credits in total.

Public historians bring history to general audiences outside of academia. Working in museums, archives, archeological sites, media organizations, corporations, government bodies, community groups, and many other places, public historians undertake wideranging professional activities that include museum curating, oral interviewing, archival collection, documentary making, and historical preservation.

Contact Information

Susan Smith-Peter

Program Coordinator
Professor Susan Smith-Peter
Building 2N, Room 204
Phone : 718.982.3290
Contact Via Email

Application & Graduate Catalog

Admission Requirements

Satisfactory completion of a baccalaureate or graduate degree in History or a related field and a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0, or current enrollment in a graduate program in History or a related field.

Students currently enrolled in the MA program in History at CSI are eligible to complete the Advanced Certificate in Public History alongside their MA studies.

Students not enrolled in the MA program in History at CSI may apply for admission to complete the Public History Certificate by itself or simultaneously with the MA in History. Applicants for the Advanced Certificate in Public History should consult the timetable for admission for the MA program in History.

Application Procedures

Graduate Application:

The application must be completed online at Graduate Application.


Applicants must request official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. If you are currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution, have one transcript sent now and another sent when you complete the courses that you are taking. Applicants who have been enrolled at CSI do not need to request a CSI transcript; the Office of Recruitment and Admissions will obtain a copy.

Application Fee:

A $75.00 non-refundable application fee is required of all applicants. Please make your check or money order payable to the College of Staten Island. Veterans are exempt from paying the application fee. Veterans must provide proof of their Veteran/Military status in order to be waived from paying the application fee.

Letter of Intent:

A single typed page, letter of intent, describing the applicant's relevant experience as well as the reason and motivation for applying for the Certificate.


Current resume detailing all relevant past and present professional employment, experience, memberships, and related service.

Writing Sample

Academic or professional writing sample (such as an academic paper, professional report, exhibition, or grant proposal) of up to 25 pages. 

Letters of Recommendation:

Applicants must provide 2 letters of recommendation from professors, supervisors, or other mentors familiar with their achievements.

English Proficiency Examination:  The TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam is required of students for whom English is a second language.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Minimum required score is 79 (Internet). For additional information or to register for the exam, please visit the TOEFL website at Our institutional code is 2778.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): We will only accept the academic exam scores. The minimum required score is 6.5 (overall band).  For additional information or to register for the exam, please visit the IELTS website
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Minimum required score is 53. For additional information or to register for the exam, please visit the PTE website

All documents must be submitted to the Office of Recruitment and Admissions.

Mailing Address:

Office of Recruitment and Admissions, Graduate Unit
College of Staten Island, CUNY
2800 Victory Boulevard, Building 2A, Room 103
Staten Island, NY 10314