Museum Studies (M.A.)

Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours in a major field of study prior to admission.
  2. A transcript review showing a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in at least 30 credit hours in the major field of study.  An admissions committee will review foreign transcripts for the equivalency of the GPA and major content requirements.
  3. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  4. Statement of intent, minimum 500 words, addressing the reasons for wanting to enter the museum studies program, plans for applying the graduate experience to the museum profession, and related professional experiences. 
  5. Sample research paper from the applicant's area of specialization. Writing samples will be evaluated for content, organization, and the use of standard language conventions.
  6. Three (3) letters of reference that attest to the applicant's potential as a graduate student and as a museum professional.
  7. Candidates will complete an interview (in person or by phone) with an admissions committee that the includes the Director of Museum Studies and two representatives from the program faculty. 

In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in this catalog.

Program Requirements

Required Courses (9 credit hours)
MST 601THEORY AND METHOD IN MUSEUM STUDIES3
MST 660MUSEUMS AND SOCIETY3
CRS 559PRINCIPLES IN CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING3
Tracks (12 credit hours)
Select one of the following tracks:12
All Tracks (6-9 credit hours)
MST 590INDEPENDENT STUDY3
MST 688INTERNSHIP3-6
All Tracks (3-6 credit hours)
MST 795MASTER'S THESIS3-6
or MST 690 MASTER'S PROJECT
Total Credit Hours33

Collections Management and Curatorial Track

MST 621MUSEUM REGISTRATION METHODS3
MST 622RESEARCHING AND PRESENTING MUSEUM COLLECTIONS3
MST 623DIGITAL MUSEUM COLLECTIONS3
MST 624MUSEUM ARCHIVES3
Other course(s) under advisement
Total Credit Hours12

Visitor Experience and Education Track

MST 630VISTOR EXPERIENCE IN MUSEUMS3
SSE/MST 632TEACHING WITH HISTORIC PLACES3
AED 505FOUNDATIONS IN MUSEUM EDUCATION STUDIES3
AED 604FUNDAMENTALS OF EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING FOR MUSEUMS3
EDT 617EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY FOR INFORMAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS3
EXE 500INDIVIDUALS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS3
Other course(s) under advisement
Total Credit Hours18

Museum Operations Track

MST 640MUSEUM ADMINISTRATION3
MST 641REVENUE GENERATION FOR MUSEUMS3
MST 643MUSEUM MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS3
BUS 545BASIC ACCOUNTING FOR BUSINESS AND NONBUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS3
BUS 688LEADERSHIP IN ORGANIZATIONS3
COM 519COMMUNICATION FOR LEADERS AND MANAGERS3
Other course(s) under advisement
Total Credit Hours18