For four decades, NYU has prepared students for successful careers as archivists, museum curators, documentary editors, cultural resource managers, historical interpreters, and media specialists. The program’s Director, Professor Ellen Noonan, brings nearly 20 years of experience working in the field of public history and insures that the program is responsive to the needs of the ever evolving fields of archives and public history. We emphasize a solid grounding in historical scholarship, intense engagement with digital technologies, and project-based learning. And there’s no better place to study archives and public history than New York City. Course instructors are working professionals in the field, and students can choose to intern at one or more of the city’s wide range of archival and public history institutions.

Students can pursue an MA or (if they already hold an MA in a humanities or related field) Advanced Certificate, electing to pursue a concentration in either Archives or Public History. We also offer a dual degree program in Library Science with Long Island University. NYU undergraduates can apply for the BA/MA program and earn both their undergraduate and graduate degrees within five years.

As part of their core coursework, students undertake independent research (capstone projects) using the unique resources of New York City as their public history and archives laboratory. In addition, internships are integrated with coursework, contributing to a professionalized and constructive learning environment.

Please contact Professor Noonan ( or 212-998-8601) for additional information. Information on admissions requirements and application procedures for all graduate programs, including Public History and Archives, is available from NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. 


Header photo from the New York University Archives Washington Square Park (New York, N.Y.) and Washington Square Area Image Collection. Postcard originally produced by the American News Company in 1906.