The Museology Graduate Program was established in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington in 1972 and has graduated over 350 students since then. In 1994, the Program became an interdisciplinary unit of the Graduate School and in 2004, the Program was restructured as a fee-based academic program (also called a "self-sustaining program") administered through University of Washington Professional and Continuing Education while maintaining its status as an interdisciplinary degree program within the Graduate School. Under this structure, all student tuition fees go directly to support the Program, with administrative support provided by Professional and Continuing Education, and academic support provided by the Graduate School and the College of Arts and Sciences.
The Museology Program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that is grounded in best practices, and is innovative in its flexible approach to offering courses and seminars that explore emerging dynamics and trends in the field (particularly through our 588 special topics courses). Building on our historical strength in areas of collections management, ethics and administration, the Museology Program has broadened its current focus to include the public dimension of museums. As part of this effort, two courses were recently added to our course list – MUS 596: Introduction to Audience Research in Informal Learning Settings and MUS 592: Social Issues and Museums.
Examples of special topic courses offered in the past two years include Introduction to Learning Sciences for Museum Practitioners (Tom Satwicz, Blink Interactive), Public Engagement in Science (Dennis Schatz, Pacific Science Center), Public Engagement in Art (Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Seattle Art Museum), Planning for People in Exhibits (Judy Rand, Rand & Associates), and Community-based Museum Model (Ron Chew, Museology Graduate Program).