Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I apply for the Master’s in the Engaged & Public Humanities (MAEPH) Program?

The Master’s in the Engaged & Public Humanities (MAEPH) program will deepen your knowledge of the humanities while helping you develop the skills and creative vision to apply them out in the world. The program offers academic and real world rigor, flexibility, and hands-on mentoring, everything you need to succeed in the public humanities and related fields. You’ll learn how to apply the humanities in dynamic environments that address contemporary problems and issues like the climate crisis, global health threats, artificial intelligence, big data, and cultural division and diversity.

What are the Degree requirements for the Master’s in the Engaged & Public Humanities Program?

  • Four 3-credit core courses.
  • Four 3-credit elective courses in a disciplinary or interdisciplinary area chosen from across the campus.
  • Two 3-credit mentored Internships and/or Field Research Projects.
  • A capstone project that integrates the student’s humanities scholarship with his/her internships or field research projects, designed to reach a public audience.

For more information visit our Academics page. And visit our Curriculum page to read our course descriptions.

How long has the program been around?

We will admit our inaugural class in the Fall of 2021 but we have been planning and developing the program for the past six years and have offered a non-credit Certificate that students have praised for its effectiveness.

What is the class size and culture of the program?

The Master’s in the Engaged & Public Humanities Program will admit between ten and twenty students with a student to faculty ratio of 2:1. Our goal is to carefully mentor students as they pursue their individual paths. The culture is collaborative and experiential. We encourage you to “think outside the box.”

What is the time frame to finish the program?

The MAEPH program offers full-time and part-time options. See our Academics page. Full-time students can complete the program in two semesters and a summer. Part-time students complete the program in four semesters, plus two summers.

When do I need to submit my application?

Our priority deadline is January 15, 2022. The application fee for 2021 will be waived for students who meet this deadline. After the priority deadline, there will be a $90 fee for all applications.  For International Students, the deadline to submit applications will be on March 1, 2022. For Domestic Students, the deadline to submit applications will be April 1, 2022.

What are the degree requirements for the Master’s in the Engaged & Public Humanities Program?

  • Academic Statement of Purpose (500 words)
  • Transcripts (including Translations, and Evaluations)
  • Official Recommendations (2)
  • English Proficiency: TOEFL / IELTS (if required)
  • Application Fee ($90, waived for applications submitted by January 15, 2022)

Detailed information can be found on our Prospective Students page.

Do prospective students need to submit GRE scores?

For reasons of inclusion and diversity, the MAEPH waives requirements for the GRE. Please see the Prospective Students page for application requirements.

How much will it cost to attend the Master’s in the Engaged & Public Humanities Program?

The cost is approximately $2,278 per credit plus living expenses. For exact figures and updated costs, please visit the Tuition & Fees page.

Do you offer scholarships or research assistant positions?

Yes! We do offer up to a 3-credit merit-aid based scholarship to applicable students. And there are many RA and other part-time positions available on campus.

Where are you located?

The Master’s in the Engaged & Public Humanities Program is located on Georgetown University’s Main Campus at 37th and O Sts, NW in Washington DC.

Our location puts us in close proximity to hundreds of humanities and humanities-oriented organizations such as: The Smithsonian; the Folger Shakespeare Library; the Shakespeare Theatre; the Library of Congress; HumanitiesDC; the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Humanities Alliance.

What will happen if we are unable to attend classes due to COVID-19?

We hope and plan to resume in-person classes in Fall 2021 pending the ReOpenDC guidelines. Currently, we are at a hybrid learning capacity, with online distance learning and very limited in-person classes.

What kind of careers can I have with a Master’s in the Engaged & Public Humanities degree?

The MAEPH degree opens up numerous career paths, some in traditional public humanities roles (arts organizations, museums, etc.) and others in non-profits, government, industry, educational associations and institutions, and in corporate environments. Examples include:  Coordinator/Project Manager; Digital Marketing Content Writer; Editor/Content Manager; Publications Manager; Public Policy Researcher; Media Manager; Operations Coordinator; Curator; Outcomes Project Director; Member Engagement Specialist; Research Associate…and many more.

How do I apply for the Master’s in the Engaged & Public Humanities Program?

Haven’t started your application? Visit the Application Page to begin your career with the Master’s in the Engaged & Public Humanities Program!