Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School

Master of Arts in History or Public History


Granada Center

1032 W. Sheridan Rd

Chicago, IL 60660

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in History or Public History

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Department of History offers comprehensive programs in United States, Public, Modern European, Transnational Urban, and Medieval and Renaissance histories. As one of the first departments in the nation to offer master’s and doctoral degrees in Public History, we strive to meet the needs of today’s students. Graduates are prepared for careers in teaching and Public History, but they also have transferable skills that make them excellent candidates for careers in business, government, and cultural institutions.

MA in History

This is a 27-hour program culminating in a MA in history. Applicants for the MA degree should inform the Department if they intend to continue to the PhD level. This information should be included in the personal statement section of the application. Students may attend on a full-time or part-time basis.

Upon completion of the MA in History, graduates will be able to:

  • Use the historical method to solve historical and historiographical problems while applying the perspectives of class, race, gender, etc. to historical events and trends;
  • Identify and criticize interpretive paradigms and methodologies relevant to historical scholarship and the historical profession;
  • Perform historical research in archives and libraries and evaluate the provenance, context, validity, and biases of these sources from the past;
  • Apply the necessary research skills to produce original scholarship on a chosen historical topic using primary sources while evaluating the validity, context, and biases of secondary source literature produced by other scholars;
  • Demonstrate the ability to deploy multiple forms of communication (written, oral, and new media) to discuss their own historical scholarship and graduate-level knowledge of their chosen fields.

MA in Public History

The Master's in Public History program is a 33-hour program that provides students both the theoretical and practical skill sets needed to perform public history work in a variety of vocations, whether as museum professionals, archivists, government contractors, community consultants, teachers both inside and outside the classroom, among others.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Eligibility Requirements:

Test Requirements: GRE general test(OPTIONAL). Loyola's school code is 1412 English Language Testing Requirements: TOEFL: 550 paper, 79 IBT. IELTS: 6.5 Special Application Instructions: Submission of thesis or writing sample at least 20 pages in addition to the other supporting materials noted in the Step-by-Step Application Process Guidelines. Prerequisite Requirements: 18 credit hours in history coursework

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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