Shippensburg University's graduate program in Applied History with a concentration in Museum Studies trains students for careers at museums and historic sites. Through classroom instruction, sessions held off-campus at area museums, and extensive hands-on work, students will gain professional training in museum theory and practices. Our program features a Museum Education course based at Gettysburg's Seminary Ridge Museum. Other museum studies classes meet at the Shippensburg University Fashion Archives and Museum, a campus museum with over 20,000 artifacts specializing in the history of historical textiles, clothing, costume, and popular culture. Through coursework and hands-on activities, students gain expertise in the history, care, handling, storage, exhibition, and management of museum materials. The combination of rigorous classroom instruction, hands-on training, and specialized museum internships produces skilled museum professionals with a rigorous historical training.
To be eligible to pursue a Master of Arts degree in applied history, you must:
- Have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
- Present an official transcript showing at least a 2.75 cumulative quality point average for your undergraduate studies.
If you have less than a 2.75 cumulative undergraduate quality point average, you may be accepted following an interview and the submission of a 500-word Statement of Purpose in which you provide additional evidence of your interest in history, your potential as a graduate student, and your reasons for pursuing graduate studies.