Museum Studies

Museum Studies

Western Illinois University offers a unique master’s degree in museum studies. Through interdisciplinary coursework and hands-on learning, our program prepares students for dynamic careers in museums, cultural institutions, and heritage organizations.

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Museum Studies Quick Facts
  • Two-year/24-month program.
  • Interdisciplinary curriculum focused on industry foundations, hands-on learning, and career development.
  • Small cohorts, classes of 10 or fewer, led by student-centered faculty.
  • Advanced coursework in collections care, education, interpretation, program development, exhibit design, administration, fundraising, financial management, and ethics.
  • Students provide 7000 hours of professional time through program internships and graduate assistantships in Quad City museums and cultural organizations.
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Master of Arts Degree

The 34 s.h. MA in Museum Studies program includes an interdisciplinary curriculum that builds upon each student’s previous studies while teaching about the essential topics of education and engagement; social justice and ethics; curatorial practice and material culture; exhibitions and interpretation; collections management and heritage preservation; museum administration and financial management; and new technologies.

Learn More About the Program
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Find Your Dream Career in Museums

Our flexible, interdisciplinary degree allows you to customize your studies through elective courses and experiential learning opportunities aligned to your area of interest. Students engage in professional activities and events with community partners and professional networks.

What Makes Our Program Unique?
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Apply Now

Apply now to gain cutting-edge knowledge and skills to stand out in today’s competitive marketplace. These links will provide details on everything you need to know. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

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WIU Museum Studies in Action

Whether you are a prospective or current student, alumni, or community partner, we have lots of ways you can stay connected with the program. Join us on social media and sign up for our WIU Museum Studies Newsletter.

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