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The graduate History program includes about 80-90 students and 23 faculty. Most students concentrate in U.S. history or Appalachian history, but students may choose to work in other areas supported by the faculty, especially European, African and Latin American history. There is a special M.A. program in Public History.

Career Profile

Courses are designed to prepare students in historiography, research methods, and interpretation. Students can select concentrations leading to preparation for careers in teaching and scholarship and as specialists for various branches of government, business, and public service. Students in the program are normally expected to pursue the degrees of Master of Arts or Doctor of Philosophy.

Program Application Requirements

Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose, 3 Letters of recommendation

Program Application Test Requirements


Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline

February 1

Spring Deadline


Summer Deadline


English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Student Profile

Chelsea Elliott, Public History MA, 2016

The Public History program is amazing at having their students create projects that benefit local communities and institutions. We produced material that is being used for exhibits such as the WVU Libraries exhibit, Unseen, Unknown: An Augmented Reality Exhibit Exploring WV Sights and Stories, and many other projects. Working with peers and stakeholders allows program faculty and students the opportunity to network within the public history and local community. I think this has created a group of strong public historians who are able to work well with community projects. As a graduate student I was the public relations graduate assistant for Public History. I wrote news stories and blog posts for, maintained the social media,as well as created and distributed flyers. For "Unseen, Unkown" I assisted with the research and writing pertaining to the Sunnyside portion of the project. The groundwork was actually completed by myself and three other students for a Public History graduate-level course. Professor Jenny Boulware approached me to expand on our group project for the exhibit. All of the professors from the Department of History that I worked with in graduate school have stayed in contact and are rooting for the continued success of their students. The significance of this exhibit shows there are so many hidden places and people at WVU and in Morgantown. Many current students do not know what Sunnyside was like prior to the new developments that have occurred in the last 5 years. It helps shed light on how WVU got to be where it is by examining place and space and key people.

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