Museum Studies

WIU Museum Studies Student Testimonials

Date of graduation listed after their names

Kirsten Belisle, 2017

"There is no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to choosing a museum studies program to join, but if an answer did exist, Western Illinois University's program would be it. The combination of hands-on learning opportunities and classroom-based discussions provides students with the perfect road map for navigating the complex field that is museums. I can honestly say that the time I spent in this program drastically changed my outlook on life as a museum professional as it gave me the skills, knowledge, and connections I needed to successfully pursue my goals."


Andrew Kirkland, 2018

"I came to the program after being out of college for 5 years. After working in the field for almost two years, I decided I needed to further my education and I came to WIU because I felt it would be a good fit. The program has proved to be so much more than I expected. I’ve encountered opportunities I never even dreamed of and have added lifetime experiences that I don’t think I could have gotten in other programs. The professors are and challenge us to think about our positions in the world as museum professionals. What makes the program even better are all the museums that are in the area to offer internship and volunteer opportunities. It truly is a gem."


Mike McMahon, 2017

After graduating from undergraduate studies, I wanted a better understanding of museum studies. Without a moment of pause my adviser suggested Western Illinois University. After being a part of the program for a year and a half, I can see why there was no hesitation. The professors truly have your best interest in mind and will always help guide you and give you the tools to create your own autonomy. The Program’s connections with local museums are incredible and growing. The WIU Museum studies program is right for a student looking for a hands on approach to the understanding the museum profession. The graduate assistantship opportunities are also a plus for those looking to gain experience while making a little money at the same time."


Nic Lybert, 2018

"The Masters of Museum Studies program at WIU offers students the unique experience of formal classroom learning alongside the opportunity to utilize this knowledge with museums across the QC area and beyond. Self-motivated individuals will find that the possibilities to utilize their personal skill set are extensive. I have never found myself surrounded by scholars of such diverse disciplines. This program assists us in learning to work together with the unified goal of civil service."