Historical Administration

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The Historical Administration Program is currently on hiatus. We are not accepting applications to the Program.
The master's program in Historical Administration introduces students to the problems, philosophy, ethics and techniques of preserving, interpreting and administering the American heritage. The structured Historical Administration curriculum combines the research orientation of a traditional cultural history program with an interdisciplinary approach to American material culture and includes a variety of hands-on experiences. The on-campus year is followed by a six-month internship in an established institution.

Established in 1975, the Historical Administration Program has a strong network of alumni working in cultural institutions of all sorts throughout the United States and abroad.

Hours Required


Graduate Degree Opportunities After Graduation

Historical Administration

Course Catalog Listing


Typical Starting Positions

Museum Curator
Museum Registrar
Collections Manager
Museum Educator
Museum Director
Museum Exhibits, archives

Well Known Companies that Hire EIU Graduates

National Museum of the American Indian, State Farm Insurance Company Archives, Anheuser-Busch Archives, Museum of Northern Arizona, Indiana State Museum and State Historic Sites, R. R. McCormick Museum, Missouri State Museum, Oriental Institute of Chicago, National Archives and Records Administration, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Deere and Co. Archives, Northern Kentucky University, Kansas State Historical Society ( for more complete list go to http://www.eiu.edu/ha/alumninthefield.php )

Notable Graduates

For HA notables please go to http://www.eiu.edu/ha/alumhonors.php

Study Abroad Opportunities

Student Professional Organizations

Historical Administration Program Association (alumni support group) http://www.eiu.edu/ha/hapa.php

Professional Development Opportunities

Historia, annual History Department journal, edited by students (http://www.eiu.edu/historia/ ); Historical Administration Program Association Annual Symposium, HAPpenings (HAPA newsletter), annual fall and spring study trips to museums and cultural institutions in the region, annual projects including student exhibit

Graduate Assistant Opportunities

Please consult with program coordinator regarding current Graduate Assistant Opportunities. For several years we have been able to offer an assistantship to each admitted student.


Please consult with program coordinator about funding availability

Scholarship Listing

Click on the scholarship to learn more, including contact information and application procedures.

2016 Distinguished Graduate Student
Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois (DFI) Fellowship
Duane Elbert Summer Assistantship Annual Fund
EIU University Professionals of Illinois Graduate Annual Scholarship
Frances Meyer Hampton Graduate Scholarship
Hamand Society of Graduate Scholars
Historical Administration Program Association Joy Matthiessen Memorial Scholarship
King-Mertz Research/Creative Activity Awards
King-Mertz Research/Creative Activity College Award of Excellence
Martha T. & Lavern M. Hamand Memorial Scholarship
Mrs. Pratima Niranjan Shah Scholarship
Robert & Kathryn Augustine Distinguished Master's Thesis Award Competition & MAGS Thesis Nomination
Robert Hennings Historical Administration Scholarship
The EIU College Thesis Award of Excellence
The Graduate School Research/Creative Activity Grants

To search for scholarship opportunities please visit http://www.eiu.edu/scholarships/

Faculty Listing


Faculty Research Interests

Historical Administration faculty research interests include 19th-century American intellectual and cultural history, public history, vernacular architecture, history of archaeology, historic preservation, museum studies

Media Links

Historia online: http://www.eiu.edu/historia/ ; News of Interest: http://eiuhistory.wordpress.com/

Department in the News

News of Interest: http://eiuhistory.wordpress.com/

Historical Administration, Coleman Hall 2526
Contact Name: Dr. Nora Pat Small
Contact Email: npsmall@eiu.edu
Coordinator Profile: http://www.eiu.edu/graduate/prospective_degreeprograms_historicaladministration.php
Web: http://www.eiu.edu/ha/