Students enrolled as MA students at West Georgia: Students who are currently studying for an MA in history may take courses that count for the Public History and Museum Studies Certificates (See below for more on the Certificate programs) as part of the public history concentration in the M.A. program, but they may need to take one or two additional classes to complete the Certificate requirements after graduating. These students will need to write a letter to the Graduate School and indicate that they are pursuing the Public History or Museum Studies Certificate before enrolling to complete these classes. They will not be required to submit any additional reference letters, GRE scores, transcripts, or other application materials.
For individuals who already possess an M.A. degree: Individuals holding an M.A. degree in history, a related field, may apply for the Public History Certificate or Museum Studies Certificate. Those with a field outside of history but an M.A. in an academic area they hope to curate (e.g. art history, anthropology, or archaeology) may apply for the Museum Studies Certificate.
All potential graduate students for a certificate in Public History or Museum Studies must complete and submit the following to the Graduate School:
1. A graduate application
2. A one- to two-page essay that describes the student=s background and interests in pursuing the Certificate program,
3. A transcript of his or her graduate and undergraduate degrees
4. GRE scores (from when they applied for their original MA degree). Students do not need to retake the GRE for admission to the Certificate program.
5. Three letters of recommendation. At least one of the letters should be written by someone who can evaluate his or her expertise in the research field and one should be from someone who can evaluate the potential student=s work skills and abilities, ideally in a field related to museum work.
6. $20 non-refundable application fee
Graduate School Applications are available on-line at
For more information on the program
The History Department Graduate Student Handbook provides more information on the graduate program in History. Please click here to read more about our program.
For more information on the Museum Studies Program, please contact Dr. Ann McCleary, History Department, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA 30118, 678-839-6041
To learn more about the graduate history program at West Georgia, contact Dr. Cita Cook, Graduate Advisor.
For more information on the Atlanta History Center, please visit their website
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