2013-2014 Course Schedule

NOTE: Students in the Class of 2014 may use the structure below to fulfill their Program requirements or the course of study outlined in the Class of 2014 Handbook.

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.

Degree Requirements

  • 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.


Category One: Required Courses
All courses are required.

MUS 580: Introduction to Museology, Fall - 1st year (5 credits)
MUS 590: Seminar in Museum Theory and Administration, winter - 1st year (5 credits)
MUS 598: Research Methods and Museology Practice or equivalent research class as approved by Advisor, Spring – 1st Year (4 credits)
MUS 599: Careers and Social Capital, spring - 2nd year (4 credits)
MUS 700/710: Master’s Thesis or Master’s Project - 2nd Year (10 credits required)
Museum Internship:  (at least 180 hours or 6 credits of MUS 601)

Category Two: Leadership & Strategic Operations
A minimum of one course is required.

MUS 595: Legal Issues in Museums (4)
MUS 5XX: Development (4)*
Leadership class from university approved by Advisor (example, PB AF 503 Executive Leadership)

Category Three: Public Engagement
A minimum of 12 credits is required.

Designing and Facilitating Audience Experiences
MUS 592: Social Issues and Museums (3)
MUS 593: Seminar in Museum Exhibition (5)
MUS 594: Seminar in Museum Education (4) or 588: Seminar in Museum Education (3)
MUS 583: Directed Fieldwork in Museum Exhibitions (3)
MUS 5XX: Public Engagement (3-4) alternates between science, art, history, etc.*
MUS 583: Directed Fieldwork in Museum Operations (1-5)
MUS 588: Grant Writing (3)

Assessing Visitor Experiences
MUS 596: Introduction to Audience Research in Informal Learning Settings (3)
MUS 597: Directed Field Work in Audience Research (up to 5 credits)

Category Four: Understanding and Caring for Collections
A minimum of one course is required.

MUS 581: Preservation and Management of Collections I, Fall (5)
MUS 582: Preservation and Management II, offered even years, MUS 581 Prerequisite (5)
MUS 586: Issues and Philosophy of Collections, offered alternate years (3)
MUS 584: Directed Fieldwork in Archaeological Collections (MUS 581 Prerequisite)
MUS 585: Directed Fieldwork in Museum General Collections (MUS 581 Prerequisite)

Category Five: Research
These elective courses represent an important area of Museology practice and a growing area of focus in our program. They count as electives towards your required 60 credits.

MUS 588: Data Analysis
MUS 588: Research-Based Practice (Tentatively offered winter 2015)

*New course numbers under review.

Interdisciplinary Electives

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.