Our curriculum is challenging, highly interdisciplinary and designed to give students a solid grounding in all areas of professional museum practice, while allowing for deep focus on the student’s area of interest.

All graduate students complete at least 60 credit hours of coursework in their two years of study with the Program. These are divided into the following categories:

Museology Core

  • 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 588 Data Analysis (3)
  • MUS 597 Directed Fieldwork in Audience Research (up to 6 credits)

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 Understanding and Facilitating Learning (4)
  • 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)

Interdisciplinary Electives

Students 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.

Students must complete the minimum number of credits in each cluster, but may choose to take as many additional courses in each cluster as they desire. Click here for a complete list of graduation requirements.