2014-2015 Course Schedule

NOTE: Students in the Class of 2015 may use the structure below to fulfill their Program requirements or the course of study outlined in the Class of 2015 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.


Museology Core - All required 

  • Introduction to Museology (5 credits)
  • Careers and Social Capital (4- 5 credits)
  • Museum Internship (at least 180 hours or 6 credits of MUS 601)
  • Master’s Thesis or Master’s Project (10 credits required)

Research and Evaluation - One course required 

  • Research Methods and Museology Practice (4) required
  • Evaluation in Informal Learning Settings (3)
  • Directed Fieldwork in Audience research (up to 6 credits)
  • Data Analysis

Organizational Development - 8 credits required

  • Administration & Leadership (5)
  • Development (3)
  • Law and Ethics (4)
  • Grant Writing (3)
  • Leadership classes as approved by Advisor
  • Evans School certificate in Nonprofit Management

Public Engagement - 8 credits required

  • Understanding and Facilitating Learning (5)
  • Exhibition Design (5)
  • Educational Programs (5)
  • Public Engagement Seminar (Art/History/Science) (3)
  • Museums & Social Issues (3)

Collections Stewardship - 3 credits require

  • Preservation and Management of Collections I (5)
  • Preservation and Management II (5)
  • Issues and Philosophy of Collections (3)
  • Directed Fieldwork in Collections (1-5)

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.