The Museology Program requires the following for completion of the Master of Arts in Museology degree. Research from a variety of disciplines continues to extend and expand what we know about learning and about museum practice. Our curriculum reflects these changes and provides our students with control and flexibility over their academic experience in preparation for a meaningful career. All information on this page is available in the Museology Student Handbooks.
- All students must complete the required list of courses for a minimum total of 60 credits (see Required Courses below).
- A minimum cumulative GPA (grade point average) of 3.00 is required for a graduate degree at the University of Washington.
- All students must complete 10 credits (15 recommended) of interdisciplinary (non-museology) coursework at the 500 or 600-level. Under some circumstances, courses at the 400 level may be accepted with your Advisor’s approval. Please keep documentation of approvals for your files.
- Successful public defense of thesis or master's project.
- MUS 500: Introduction to Museology (5) required
- MUS 599: Careers and Social Capital (4-5) required
- Internship (at least 180 hours or 6 credits of MUS 601)
- MUS 700/710 Master’s Thesis or Master’s Project (10 credits required)
Research and Evaluation
- MUS 570 Research Design and Museology Practice (4) required
- MUS 574 Introduction to Museum Evaluation (3)
- MUS 575 Evaluation Project I
- MUS 576 Evaluation Project II
Organizational Development - minimum 8 credits
- MUS 560 Museum Administration and Leadership (5)
- MUS 562 Legal Issues in Museums (4)
- MUS 566 Grant Writing for Museums (3)
- MUS 588 Development (4)
- Leadership classes as approved by your Advisor
Public Engagement - minimum 8 credits
- MUS 524 Seminar in Museum Exhibition (5)
- MUS 528 Advocacy and Social Change (3)
- MUS 583 Directed Fieldwork in Exhibits (3)
- MUS 588 Learning in Museums (3)
- MUS 588 Public Engagement Seminar (Art/History/Science) (3)
- MUS 594 Seminar in Museum Education (5)
Collections Stewardship - minimum 3 credits
- MUS 540 Preservation and Management of Collections (5)
- MUS 542 Preservation and Management II (5)
- MUS 544 Philosophy and Ethics of Museum Collections (3)
- MUS 584 Directed Fieldwork in Archaeological Collections (1-5, max. 15)
- MUS 585 Directed Fieldwork in General Collections (1-5, max. 15)
You must take at least 10 credits (15 recommended) of interdisciplinary classes outside of Museology. Electives should be approved by your advisor. Any 500 level credits will count towards your 60 credits and 400 level courses may count if approved by advisor.
Click here for a list of interdisciplinary courses taken by museology students in the past.