West Bend | 88003 | New Mexico State University Public History Program

New Mexico State University
Public History Program
Department of History, MSC 3H
New Mexico State University, PO Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001 USA
Peter A. Kopp
Program Description: The New Mexico State University Public History Program, founded in 1983, offers
an M.A. in History with a specialization in Public History, as well as a certificate in museum studies and a
certificate in cultural resource management. We admit approximately 8-10 students every year (on a
year-round basis) and have had approximately 145 graduates in the past thirty years.
Degrees Offered:
• B.A. in History
• M.A. in History
• M.A. in History with a Certificate or
Concentration in Public History
Program Strengths:
• Digital History
• Editing/Publishing
• Historic Preservation
• Living History
• Local/Community History
• Museum Studies
• Memory Studies
• Oral History
How Many Students are Admitted Annually:
MA: 8-10 PhD: N/A
Financial Aid Available: Scholarships
In-State Status
Deadline to Apply:
Applications accepted
Credit Hour Requirement: 36
Internship Requirement: Internships are
arranged through collaboration between
students, professors, and sponsoring
organizations. They total 3 credit hours and a
total of 135 working hours. We assist our
students in finding paid internships if they
Places Where Students Have Interned During
the Past Three Years:
• Autry National Center of the American
West (California)
• Big Bend Ranch State Park (Texas)
• Buffalo Bill Historical Center (Wyoming)
• Elephant Butte Irrigation District
• El Paso Holocaust Museum (Texas)
• El Paso Museum of History
• Falkland Islands Historical Trust
(Falkland Islands)
• Mystic Seaport
• The Museum of America and the Sea
• National Museum of World War I
• National Park Service
• National Trust for Historic Preservation
(Washington, D.C.)
• Pima Air and Space Museum (Arizona)
NCPH Online Guide to Public History Programs, Page 1
Pioneers’ Museum (Colorado)
Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C.)
U.S. Bureau of Land Management
U.S. Soil and Conservation Service
Job Placement Assistance Offered: Job resource databanks, workshops, and individual advisement.
Employers Who Have Hired Graduates from this Program within the Past Five Years:
• National Park Service
• New Mexico State Historic Preservation Division
• New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum
• Texas State Museums and Historic Sites
• Las Cruces Museum System
• Historic St. Mary’s City (Maryland)
• Zuhl Museum
NCPH Online Guide to Public History Programs, Page 2
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