Certificate in Museum Studies

On-Campus Certificate in Museum Studies Program

The On-Campus Certificate in Museum Studies is an 18-credit program (12 credits of coursework combined with 6 credits of internships). This program is designed for U.S. students who already hold at least a master’s degree in a related area or for foreign museum professionals who wish to study one or more aspects of museum work in the United States. Coursework includes Collections Management, Exhibition Development/Design, and Museum Management and Leadership.

Full-Time students complete the program in 1 calendar year. (Exceptions to this rule are made on an individual basis.)

General Program Requirements

  • 18 total credit hours of coursework
  • 12 credit hours of Museum Studies courses
  • 6 credit hours of internships
  • Fulfillment of the graduate writing requirement

Certificate Program Courses

Museum-related courses open to master's degree candidates are normally available to Certificate Program students.

View the Master's Degree Course Listing for the list of courses available.

Students may elect to take all or part of their internship experience in local museums or cultural organizations. Internships must meet university requirements and are subjected to approval and oversight by the internship coordinator.

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Do you have program specific questions? Contact the appropriate advisors for your program:

Certificate in Museum Studies
Jacqueline Emerick

Museum Collections Management and Care
Mary Coughlin

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