Museum Studies

Program Overview and Goals

The Museum Studies Graduate Program prepares students for a variety of leadership roles within museums and cultural institutions. The program presents a foundational understanding of museums historically and addresses how once traditional practices are being transformed to meet the quickly changing needs of museums today.

Courses build upon each student’s previous studies while teaching about the educational efforts, collections, and collaborative partnerships that make museums essential to their communities. Experienced faculty offer in-depth knowledge of best practices in management, collections, exhibits, resource development, and community engagement within current social and cultural contexts.

Our flexible and interdisciplinary degree allows students to customize their program of study through a combination of core courses and electives. Emphasis is placed on practicum experiences within locally based museums and cultural institutions allowing students develop professional networks while gaining valuable hands-on experience.

Graduates of the program will:

  • Demonstrate sophisticated understanding of methods and best practice of the various areas of museum work including administration, exhibition development, audience engagement, collections management, resource development, and evaluation.
  • Consider the complex issues and challenges facing museum professionals in the field today.
  • Develop skills in communication, technology, project management, and leadership.
  • Complete practicum and internship experiences; engage in professional confrences and workshops; and develop a professional portfolio that spotlights areas of learning and growth.