Museum Studies

College of Humanities
Dean: Nancy McDermid

Museum Studies Program
HUM 514
Director: Linda Ellis

Graduate Coordinator: Linda Ellis


M.A. in Museum Studies

Program Scope

An interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Museum Studies is offered through the Department of Classics. The program is designed to provide graduate professional training in major areas of museum work--museum 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 academic 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.

Career Outlook

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 Advisers--Bernstein, Ellis

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 six units of work taken in post-baccalaureate status is transferable to M.A. degree credit in the Museum Studies Program.

Applicants must:

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Level One: satisfactory performance in final research paper for MS 700 or CLAR 750. Level Two: successful completion of master's thesis or creative work project.

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: MS 700, MS 794, MS 880.

Core Requirements

MS 700		History and Organization of Museums [required during first 
		semester of program]						3
MS 794		Museum Collections Management and Registration			3
MS 880		Museum Internship						3
Total for core									9

Area Requirements

One course selected from each of the following three groups:			9-10
CLAR 850	Museum Conservation and Restoration
MS 750		Museum Materials Analysis and Technology
Museum Management
MS 800		Museum Management, Law, and Ethics
PA 770		Administration of Non-Profit Organizations (4)
Exhibition Design
ART 719		Exhibit Design
MS 730		Museum Exhibit Design and Curation
Total area requirements								9-10


Three interdisciplinary electives selected in an 
area of specialization, which must be 
chosen in consultation with the Director 
of Museum Studies								9
Exhibition Design
Conservation and Restoration
Museum and Gallery Management
Museum Education and Public Programming
Registration/Collections Management

Total for emphasis								9

Culminating Experience Requirement

One of the following:								3
MS 894		Creative Work Project
MS 898		Master's Thesis
Minimum total									30-31

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