Accelerated Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art/Master of Arts in Museum Studies

To earn an Accelerated BA in Studio Art and MA in Museum Studies, a student must complete all requirements for the BA degree with a major in Studio Art, as well as additional coursework at the graduate level. (See the Graduate Catalog for details of graduate requirements, including eligibility and admissions.)

BA in Studio Art

Requirements for a Major in Studio Art

Forty-two semester hours including the following:
Required Courses
ART 1310Drawing I3
ART 13142D Design3
ART 13163D Design3
ART 2310Figure Drawing I3
ARTH 2302Survey of Western Art I3
ARTH 2303Survey of Western Art II3
Select three semester hours from each group:
Group 13
Oil Painting
Acrylic Painting
Relief Printmaking
Watercolor Painting
Group 23
Hand-Built Ceramics
Wood Sculpture
Metal Sculpture
Group 33
Fiber Surface Design
Non-Woven Fiber Structures
Photography I: Introduction to the Camera and Darkroom
Six semester hours of Art History (ARTH)6
Nine semester hours of Studio Art (ART)9
Total Hours42

MA in Museum Studies

Museum Studies, M.A.

Requirements for a Major in Museum Studies

Thirty-six semester hours including the following:
Required Courses
MST 5301The Museum: History, Philosophy, Prospects3
MST 5304Collections Management3
MST 5309Museum Education3
MST 5311Issues in Museum Administration3
At least 12 hours of 5000-level MST seminars from the following course offerings:12
Outreach and Community Relations
Ethical Issues in Museums, Libraries, and Archives
Historic Preservation
Archival Arrangement and Description
Archival Technology and Digital Collections Management
Special Topics in Museum Studies
American Material Culture
American Decorative Arts
Design and Management of Museum Exhibits
Leadership in Museum Administration
Independent Studies in Museums
The remaining 6 hours of coursework may be completed from the following:6
Any 5000-level MST seminar (see listing above)
Any 5000-level graduate seminar in a cognate field (American Studies, Anthropology, Art and Art History, English, History, and Journalism) listed in the most recent Graduate Catalog, selected in consultation with the Graduate Program Director
Any 4000-level course in a cognate field (American Studies, Anthropology, Art and Art History, English, History, and Journalism) listed in the most recent Graduate Catalog and taught by a member of the graduate faculty, completing the additional requirements designated for graduate credit, selected in consultation with the Graduate Program Director
Capstone Experience6
Graduate students complete a six-hour capstone experience, consisting of an internship, a professional project, or thesis.
Master's Internship
Professional Project
Total Hours36

In their final semester of study, all students in either the thesis or non-thesis program are required to take a written comprehensive examination testing the student’s mastery of the four core areas of museum practice: museum history and philosophy, museum education, museum collections management, and museum administration. Thesis students will also have an oral examination representing defense of the thesis.

Up to six semester hours of graduate study in museum studies or a cognate field may be transferred from another accredited institution with the approval of both the Department of Museum Studies and the Graduate School.

Prospective students are encouraged to have a pre-admission interview.

ACA-Approved Courses

The Academy of Certified Archivists has created a Graduate Course Preapproval Program to evaluate graduate-level archival courses. Courses that have been preapproved by the ACA will count toward the 9 semester hours of credit required to take the ACA exam under the provisional option. The following Museum Studies courses have been preapproved by the ACA:

MST 5304Collections Management3
MST 5311Issues in Museum Administration3
MST 5312Outreach and Community Relations3
MST 5324Archival Arrangement and Description3
MST 5326Archival Technology and Digital Collections Management3