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Public History

  • Fall - July 20
  • Spring - December 2

The Public History 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.  Classes are scheduled exclusively in the evening to fit the work schedules of our students.

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.

Student Spotlight

Jessica Kratz - M.A. History

Contact Information

Susan Smith-Peter

Program Coordinator

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Building 2N, Room 204
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Learn more about the History MA by watching this information session video

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.

Graduate Application:


Request official transcripts from all US institutions attended to be sent to CAS. International Transcripts (For those who studied outside of the U.S.) will need to be evaluated by World Education Services (WES) or  Education Credential Evaluators (ECE).  The evaluation must be sent directly to CAS.  There's a link in the Academic History section of the application to order your official evaluation. 

Application Fee:

Submit a $75.00 non-refundable application fee.  The fee must be paid online via the CAS application system.  Applicants who are veterans of the United States Military Service, currently on Active Duty or members of the National Guard or Reserves, may obtain an application fee waiver.  Veteran applicants must submit proof of their Veteran/Military status (ie., DD-214, Current Military ID Card, or Deployment or Pre-separation orders).  Please send proof to  Once we receive your proof, we will issue a fee waiver.

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
  • Duolingo English Test: Minimum required score is 100. For additional information or to register for the exam, please visit the Duolingo website.