Loyola University Chicago

Department of History

Prospective Students

Information for Prospective Students

Overview of Graduate Program Offerings

The Department of History supports graduate study in Public History and US and Social and Cultural History with specialties in Urban history, Digital history, and Women’s and Gender history. We offer master's programs in history and public history; a master's program in public history and library information science (jointly with Dominican University); and a doctoral program in history and public history. History master’s and doctoral students work closely with faculty in and out of the classroom as they train to become academic historians, public historians, teachers, archivists, museum professionals, and researchers as well as possess sufficient preparation to pursue other career pathways.  Our programs are in-person, not online, and make use of the many resources available for historical research and public programming in the greater Chicago community.

We offer the following graduate degree programs:

Areas of Program Strengths

American History

We offer MA and PhD programs in 19th- and 20th-Century American History, with specific strengths in Social, Cultural, and Urban History. Faculty strengths in this area include urban history, the built environment, labor, the history of sexuality, the history of women and gender, the history of political economy, and the history of popular culture and entertainment.

Public History

We offer MA and PhD degrees in Public History. The department's Public History program is a nationally recognized program and one of the few that fully integrates Public History into the doctoral program. Located in one of the leading cultural, corporate, and governmental administrative centers in the country, Loyola offers its students access to a wide variety of internship and practicum opportunities. Click here for more information.


Be sure to look at the faculty pages, and feel free to contact individual faculty members who specialize in areas that interest you. For more information please contact the Director of the Public History Program, Professor Patricia Mooney-Melvin.

Resources for Prospective Students