Accelerated Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Museum Studies

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

BA in Museum Studies

Requirements for a Major in Museum Studies

36 semester hours including the following:
Required Courses
MST 1300Introduction to Museums3
Thirty-three semester hours, 18 of which must be at the 3000 or 4000 level, selected from at least four of the six areas of study:33
Introduction to Museum Educational Programming
Advanced Museum Education
Exhibit Design and Preparation
Curriculum and Teaching in Informal Education Environments
Introduction to Cultural Collections
Museum Collections Management
Introduction to Archival Collections and Museums
Historic Buildings and Sites
Introduction to Material Culture
Introduction to American Decorative Arts
History and Curation of Book Collections
Nonprofit Perspectives
Introduction to Outreach and Community Relations for Museums
Museum Administration
Ethical Issues in Cultural Collections Management
Professional Practice
Museum Professions and Practices
Exploring Informal Science Institutions
Museum Internship
Additional Requirements
A minor in a related field of study in the College of Arts & Sciences. 1
A grade of “C” or better in courses used for the major.
Total Hours36

Related minors include but are not limited to the following: American Studies, Anthropology, Art, Art History, English, History, and Journalism.

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