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Certificate in Public History

About the Program

Format: In person on the Statesboro Campus
Credit Hours: 18
Entry Term: Fall

Public History is a growing field that focuses on the practical application of academic knowledge through museums, federal and state historic sites, media productions, the Internet, popular publishing, and other public venues. These programs provide an alternative career path to traditional teaching and have become increasingly popular during the struggling academic job market of the last decade.

The Department of History at Georgia Southern University currently offers both a Graduate Certificate in Public History and a Master of Arts with a Public History Concentration. In addition to currently enrolled graduate students, the certificate is offered as a credential to qualified individuals holding a bachelor’s degree who are not pursuing an advanced degree.

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Admission Requirements

For students intending to complete the certificate along with the Master of Arts, the requirements are the same as for the MA. For those seeking the certificate alone, the following are required:

  1. Completed requirements for a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. A 3.0 (4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average or higher on all undergraduate work, with a 3.0 cumulative GPA in history and no grade in history lower than a “C.”
  3. An undergraduate major in history. Students with majors in other fields of study are given equal consideration for admission providing they either have (a) 3 years of history-related professional work experience OR (b) at least 15 semester hours (or the quarter-system equivalent) of history (at least 12 hours at the upper-division level and a total of 30 hours in the social sciences and humanities).
  4. Two letters of recommendation by individuals who are familiar with the applicant’s potential for successful graduate study.
  5. A statement of purpose (approximately 250 words) outlining the applicant’s interest in graduate study in history.

*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation service and must be a course by course evaluation and include a GPA. (

Provisional Admission

Non-traditional students and applicants not meeting the above requirements may be considered for Provisional (probationary) admission as determined on a case-by-case basis.



International: June 1*

Domestic: July 1*


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*The application and all ​​required documents listed on the “admissions requirements” tab​ for the program must be received by the deadline.  If all required documents are not received by the deadline your application will not be considered for admission.

Program Contact Information

Dr. Michael S. Van Wagenen
Program Coordinator

Last updated: 5/23/2023