College of Liberal & Creative Arts
Dean: Paul Sherwin
Museum Studies Program
Director: Edward M. Luby
Graduate Coordinator: Edward M. Luby
Professors: Ellis, Luby
Lecturers: Arms Simon, DeMouthe, Fogarty, Fox, Kienzle
The museum studies program is designed to provide graduate professional training in major areas of museum workmuseum administration, fundraising, collections management, exhibition design, museum educational programming, and curatorship. The museum studies degree also assists those students who plan to continue graduate studies in conservation, law school or in doctoral programs.
The museum studies program operates a series of specialized facilities where students may obtain training: The University Museum (public exhibit gallery for visiting archaeological exhibitions and collections storage for the permanent Sutro Egyptian Collection), exhibition preparation workshop, conservation laboratory, microscopy lab, documentation center, and object photography.
The museum studies program prepares students for employment in all types of museums, cultural arts centers, arts commissions, historical sites and houses, science centers, environmental education centers, libraries with exhibition programs, exhibit design firms, auction houses, planetaria, aquaria, zoos, and botanical gardens.
Master of Arts in Museum Studies
Graduate Advisors: Ellis, Luby
Admission to the Program
Students are admitted in this program for fall terms only. To be admitted to classified status, a student must meet all general university requirements. No more than 6 units of work taken in post-baccalaureate status are transferable to M.A. degree credit in the museum studies program.
To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:
- Have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university in one of the following or related fields: anthropology, archaeology, art history, classics, design, education, history, biological or physical sciences, or public/art administration. Additional museum experience beyond the minimum required is expected when a student has a degree in a field not listed.
- Have at least a minimum grade point average of 3.20 in the last 60 semester units of upper-division courses completed.
- Be able to demonstrate understanding of the work and profession of museum studies, gained through paid or volunteer experience (minimum of six months) in a museum or related setting. Experience can be completed prior to or concurrent with application to the program.
- Submit to the Museum Studies program two letters of recommendation from faculty or supervisors knowledgeable of the applicant’s academic or professional ability. At least one of these letters should be from a museum supervisor.
- Submit to the Museum Studies program a current resumé and written statement of purpose, outlining background, intentions, and goals as specified in the program’s admissions procedures. Each applicant is encouraged to specify as closely as possible the emphasis s/he wishes to pursue.
- Send one set of transcripts of all prior academic work directly to the Museum Studies program. Another set is required by the university graduate admissions office.
- Submit GRE scores with a minimum of 4.5 or better on the analytical writing section, and 156 or better on the verbal reasoning section. Past scores will be accepted if taken within five years of the semester the applicant wishes to attend.
- Submit a paper TOEFL score of at least 550 or a computer-based score of 80 to the graduate admissions office, if an international applicant is from a non-English speaking countries.
For admission, applications are due February 1. Domestic applicants may be contacted by the Museum Studies program for interviews only if needed, and, if application files are complete and received by February 1. Local applicants are also required to attend one of the program’s regularly scheduled open house dates (November or January) as part of the admissions process.
Written English Proficiency Requirement
Level One: GRE scores with a minimum of 4.5 or better on the analytical writing section, and a 156 or better on the verbal section. Level Two: grade of B+ or above on final research papers for M S 700 or M S 860.
Advancement to Candidacy
Besides meeting all general requirements for advancement to candidacy, applicants must, in addition, have completed with a grade of B or better each of the following courses: M S 700 and M S 880.
Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. On-line course descriptions are available.
|M S 700||History and Organization of Museums [required during first semester of program]|
|M S 860||Museum Fundraising|
|M S 880||Museum Internship|
Total for Core: 9 units
3 units of coursework selected from each of the following three groups:
Collections Care and Conservation
|M S 740||Museum Conservation and Restoration (1)|
|M S 794||Museum Collections Management and Registration|
|M S 791||Integrated Pest Management in Heritage Facilities (1)|
|M S 792||Museum Security and Protection (1)|
|M S 793||Museum Facilities Management (1)|
|M S 800||Museum Management, Law, and Ethics|
|M S 830||Museum Governance|
|P A 745||Administration of Nonprofit Organizations|
|ART 719||Exhibit Design|
|M S 720||Museum Curatorship and Collecting|
Total area requirements: 9 units
Select four electives relevant to the following areas. No more than 6 units of non-museum studies courses may count towards electives in the area emphasis. Courses must be chosen in consultation with a museum studies faculty advisor.
Cultural Property Law and Protection
Museum Management and Fundraising
Museum Education and Public Programming
Total for emphasis: 12 units
Culminating Experience Requirement
|M S 894
M S 898
|Creative Work Project
Minimum Total: 33 units
If the thesis or creative work project is not completed during the semester the student is enrolled in M S 894 or M S 898, the student is required to enroll in M S 897, a continuation course, in the third semester following their initial enrollment in M S 898 or M S 894. If the thesis or creative work project is not completed at the end of the third semester, students are required to enroll in the College of Extended Learning’s course, LCA 499 “Culminating Experience Continuous Enrollment,” and must maintain continuous enrollment in LCA 499 each fall and spring semester thereafter until graduation or until the department’s five-year deadline for completing the degree.