Brown University

Brown University

Public Humanities


Office of Graduate School, Box 1867

Box 1821

Providence, RI 02912

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A.-Public Humanities

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The masters program in public humanities, which can be completed as a professional degree or as part of a Ph.D. program, offers a dynamic interdisciplinary opportunity for students interested in careers in museums, historical societies, cultural planning agencies, heritage tourism, historic preservation, and community arts programs. The program draws on Brown University's open curriculum and the wide-ranging resources of Providence’s arts and cultural community to connect students to academic and hands-on learning experiences. Students develop knowledge of the history, theory, and methods of the public humanities; expertise in academic subjects appropriate to their professional goals; and the practical skills to curate museum collections, create exhibits and Web sites, conduct oral history interviews, undertake historic preservation projects, and manage cultural programs. Our graduates are poised to innovate, collaborate, and lead in the public forums where communities explore art, history, and culture. The program, generally completed in two years, includes three required and nine elective courses. Students also undertake two practicums, gaining professional experience by working in cultural institutions. In past years, students have completed practicums at museums, the National Park Service, philanthropic and funding agencies, and history and arts organizations throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Most students in the program receive financial aid toward tuition (amounting to approximately 1/2 the cost of tuition) as well as funding to attend conferences and support for summer practicums. Fellowships are also available. Visit our Web site for more information about student support.


Located in historic Providence, Rhode Island and founded in 1764, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School and the School of Engineering.

International Student Requirements:

All international applicants whose native language is not English must submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score. Regarding TOEFL, the recommended minimum score for admission consideration is 577 on the paper-based test, 233 on the computer-based test, or 90 on the Internet-based test. For IELTS, the recommended minimum overall band score is 7. For more information, visit Brown University's Graduate School Web site:

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 14

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 4756 USD

In State Tuition (per year): 38048 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999

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