Museum Studies Master's Courses


Core Courses

Museum Studies Curriculum

To complete the MA in Museum Studies students complete 42 total credit hours (one course=3 credit courses):

  • 36 course credits (12 classes) (distribution explained below)
  • 6 credit hours of internship training (2 internships)

In order to complete the MA students must also satisfactorily complete the Museum Studies comprehensive exams and fulfill the Graduate Writing Requirement.

Distribution of Course Credits

Students are required to take at least six (and can take as many as eight) classes in the Museum Studies program.  They select a concentration from the following: Museum Management, Collections Management, or Exhibitions and Public Engagement.  Each concentration has recommended core courses and well as related courses. Beyond the required courses, students are not limited to the courses in their chosen concentration.

It is recommended that students begin their programs with the introductory class for the concentration. --- 6101, 6201, or 6301.

View the list of core courses by concentration here.

Outside Museum Studies

Students must take at least four classes (and can take as many as six) outside Museum Studies in an area of study of their choosing.  These courses provide content-area expertise and may be from a single department or from various departments inside or outside CCAS.  Students may also take courses at other universities in the Consortium. (Note: Tuition credits cannot be used for classes taken outside GW.)

The following are some suggestions of areas of study (and relevant departments at GW), but the areas listed are only possibilities. Students are welcome to design their own concentrations outside Museum Studies.

African Studies (History, Music); Anthropology; Art History; Asian Studies (History, Art History, East Asian Languages and Literature); Biological Sciences (Anatomy, Biological Sciences, Hominid Paleobiology); Business/Non-profit management (Public Administration, Business and Tourism, Organizational Science);  Classics and Archaeology (Classical Studies, Anthropology, Art History); Design/Design History (Interior Design, Art History, Theatre);  Education and Child Development (Sociology, Curriculum and Pedagogy, Museum Education (School of Education)); History (may focus on a region or time period, History, American Studies, Women’s History); Islamic Studies (Religion, History, Art History); Judaic Studies (Judaic Studies, History, Religion, American Studies); Material and Visual Culture (Art History, American Studies); Natural History (Astronomy, Anthropology, Geology); Performance (Theater, Music, English); Race, Gender, Ethnicity (Women’s Studies, History, American Studies, Sociology, Anthropology); US History and Culture (American Studies, History, School of Media and Public Affairs, Sociology, English, Film Studies, Religion, Music); Science and Society (Environmental Sciences, Geography, Public Health); Women’s Studies (Women’s Studies, History, American Studies)


Full Course List

See the full list of courses offered by the Museum Studies Program.