The Museum Studies Program at GW combines traditional academic training in academic subjects together with museum practices and practical museum experience–a combination that is necessary to begin a successful museum career.


Established in 1976, GW’s Museum Studies Program was one of the first of this kind in the United States. Today, it is the largest and ranks among the nation's top museum training programs.


Its location in Washington, DC, the museum capital of the world, allows students to gain practical working experience through the program's affiliation with more than 60 museums and cultural organizations.


The program's reputation for excellence is based on exceptional faculty, a demanding academic curriculum and a strong internship program. More than 1000 alumni work in museums, historic sites and houses, federal agencies and related nonprofit organizations all over the world.


The faculty includes practicing museum professionals working in the Washington, D.C. area. Each member of the faculty brings many years of experience in all aspects of museum operations. They teach what they practice, often on location in the very museum where they work.


The Museum Studies Program offers a friendly environment where students are supported, encouraged and given individualized attention. Join the program and prepare for a rewarding museum career!