M.A. in Museum Studies
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 curation. The museum studies degree also assists those students who plan to continue graduate studies in conservation or in doctoral programs.
The museum studies program operates a series of specialized facilities where students may obtain training: Museum of Ancient Civilizations (public exhibit gallery for visiting archaeological exhibitions and collections storage for the permanent Sutro Egyptian Collection), exhibition preparation workshop, conservation laboratory, archaeometry center, x-ray laboratory, documentation center, and darkroom.
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.
Graduate AdvisersBernstein, Ellis, Luby
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 six units of work taken in post-baccalaureate status is transferable to M.A. degree credit in the museum studies program.
Level One: satisfactory performance in final research paper for MS 700, MS 800, or MS 860. Level Two: successful completion of master's thesis or creative work project.
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: MS 700, MS 860, MS 880.
|MS 700||History and Organization of Museums [required during first semester of program]||3|
|MS 860||Museum Fundraising||3|
|MS 880||Museum Internship||3|
|Total for core||9|
One course selected from each of the following 3 groups:
|Collections Care and Conservation|
|MS 740||Museum Conservation and Restoration|
|MS 760||Conservation of Natural History Collections|
|MS 794||Museum Collections Management and Registration|
|MS 800||Museum Management, Law, and Ethics|
|MS 830||Museum Governance|
|PA 745||Administration of Nonprofit Organizations (4)|
|ART 719||Exhibit Design|
|MS 730||Museum Exhibit Design and Curation|
|Total area requirements||9-10|
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 adviser.
|Conservation and Restoration|
|Museum Management and Fundraising|
|Museum Education and Public Programming|
|Total for emphasis||12|
|Culminating Experience Requirement|
|MS 894||Creative Work Project or||3|
|MS 898||Master's Thesis|
Students who do not complete their culminating experience by the end of the spring semester in which they are enrolled in either MS 894 or MS 898 must thereafter enroll in MS 897, Directed Thesis Advising and Support, each spring semester until their work is completed and accepted by the faculty.
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