Brown's M.A. degree in public humanities offers a unique program of study for those interested in public engagement and the work of cultural organizations.  This graduate degree program provides a dynamic interdisciplinary opportunity for students interested in careers in art, history or cultural organizations. Learn more about our program here. (We do not offer an undergraduate concentration in Public Humanities at this time.  Students applying for undergraduate admission should contact Brown's Admission Office.)


Application for Fall 2021 is closed.  

Fall 2022 application will reopen in September 2021.  Fall 2022 application deadline is January 19, 2022. Decisions will be released by March 4, 2022; and students' enrollment decisions will be due on April 15, 2022

Current Brown University seniors can apply for admission as part of the 5-th year Master's program.  Application deadline for 5th year Master's admission for Fall 2022 is May 1, 2022. Decision will be released by May 28, 2022; and students' endollment decisions will be due on June 1, 2022.

Public Humanities Courses

Students complete 11 courses and two practicums over two years and a summer.  Some of the recent public humanities courses include Museum Interpretation Practices; Management of Cultural Institutions; Methods in Public Humanities; Public Art: History, Art, and Practice; Critical Perspectives in Informal Learning; Digital Public Humanities; Public Memory; History Curatorship; Critical Approaches to Preservation and Cultural Heritage; Public Humanities on Lockdown: The Role and Design of Humanities Programs in Prisons; Creating a 21st Century Art and Design Museum: A Seminar and Laboratory; Pursuit of Happiness: Environmental Justice and Indigenous Rights; Decolonizing Public Humanities: Intersectional Approaches to Curatorial Work and Community Organizing, and other.

Financial Support and Funding

The Center for Public Humanities offers program based financial support and funding options to students who request financial assistance from the program, including tuition scholarships, curatorial and other fellowships. Financial support is determined by financial need (FAFSA facilitated by Financial Aid Office) and merit.

Living in Providence

Providence is a small, historic city with a thriving local arts and food scene. Home to both Brown University and Rhode island School of Design, the city has a wealth of non-profit cultural and arts organizations with whom students often collaborate.  Providence is located an hour from Boston, an hour from historic Newport and three hours from New York City.

Schedule a Visit

Prospective students are welcome to visit the program during the weekdays when University classes are in session.  During your visit you can meet with the Director of Graduate Studies, a current student, a public humanities faculty member, and sit in on a class (if one is in session on the day of your visit).

Public Humanities faculty and staff are also happy to meet with prospective students remotely by Zoom, phone, or by email.  You can reach out to our Program Director and the Director of Graduate Studies Dietrich Neumann to learn more about the program and academic structure.  All faculty and staff at the Center are available to talk to you about the program and specific areas of interest/research.

Applying to M.A. in Public Humanities

The application for admission to the Master’s in Public Humanities Program for Fall 2021 admission is closed. The application deadline for the Masters in Public Humanities program is January 19, 2022 for the Fall 2022 admission.

A complete application includes the following: personal statement; writing sample; three letters of recommendation; official transcripts; $100 application fee; GRE is not required.

Please do not send materials to the Center for Public Humanities.  All materials related to your application that are not submitted electronically should be mailed to Brown University’s Graduate School Admissions Office, Box 1867, Providence, RI 02912.

Contact [email protected] with questions regarding the application process, or visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.