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What Do our Alumni Do With the M.A. in Historical Studies?

Quite a lot, it turns out. A survey of the graduates of our MA program between 2012-2017 shows that their careers and job placement may be divided into five broad categories.

Public History

By far the largest number of our graduate population has secured positions as public historians, demonstrating our reputation for training in the field and the fact that the Washington-Baltimore area has more opportunities in Public History than probably any comparable region in the nation. Twenty-one of our MA graduates have secured positions at Public History institutions, including the Smithsonian, Maryland Historical Society, the Baltimore Museum of Industry, the B&O Railroad Museum, Special Collections at the UMBC library, Jefferson County (WV) Museum, University of Baltimore, National Human Genome Research Institute, and the Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor.


Secondary school teachers of history and social studies have traditionally made up a significant proportion of graduates from our program. Eleven of our 57 MA alumni between 2012 and 2017 are currently employed as history or social studies teachers.

Post-Graduate Education

Another group of MA students from this period continued their academic studies. Ten of 57 graduates entered PhD programs at prominent institutions, including the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins, University of California – Riverside, University of California -Berkeley, Rutgers, Texas A&M, Purdue, Alabama, West Virginia, University of Huddersfield (UK), and the Language, Literacy and Culture program at UMBC.


Three of our recent alumni work as freelance writers, including two 2018 recipients of the prestigious Ruby Award from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, granted to support their new non-fiction book projects.

Government and Business

Finally, it is evident that the skills of historical research, analysis, and writing honed by students in our graduate program have proven valuable outside of the traditional fields of academia, teaching or Public History. Twelve of our recent MA alumni employ their skills in administrative or managerial positions at a variety of institutions in the public and private sectors, including the Smithsonian, the National Archives, FEMA, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, Social Security Administration, the Department of Defense, the Maryland Transportation Authority, and a number of banks and credit unions.