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"The education and training I received at AU allowed me to become a successful, professional historian, and work in a variety of diverse and fulfilling positions."
Emily Thompson
MA '07

Our graduates are not just historians. They are curators, educators, researchers, storytellers, and activists. Join our history master's program to:

  • Collaborate with peers, practitioners, and audiences
  • Document untold stories
  • Interpret landscapes, objects, and narratives
  • Create exhibits, programs, and new media
  • Provoke reflection and social change

You can concentrate on American history, modern European history, or public history while in the program.

Our alumni are successful in a wide range of professional paths. Within six months of graduation, 95 percent of College of Arts and Sciences master's alumni are employed or pursuing further graduate study, with 50 percent making $50,000 a year or more.

Join the history master’s program to be part of our vibrant intellectual community.

Library of Congress


We partner with organizations throughout the DC area to facilitate opportunities for you. Take advantage of internship and research opportunities with the Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institution, National Archives, and other prestigious institutions.
2014 - Public History at Stratford Hall

Faculty Support

Our faculty are leaders in their fields who mentor students throughout the program. With the close support and guidance of faculty, students acquire the tools necessary to succeed in a dynamic field.
History Master's Program


As a graduate student at AU, you’ll have access to resources and opportunities only Washington, DC, can provide. Join a collaborative community of scholars in this vibrant city. Our close-knit program provides support and a lasting professional network.
"The two years that I spent at American University gave me direction, experience, and training that have continued to shape my professional career."
Mattea V. Sanders
MA '14
"Without my experiences and training at American University, I would not be successful in my current position. The skills I acquired in interpretation, exhibit design and development, and collections management have served me well and I continue to use them every day."
Lindsay Flanagan Huban
MA '07